SAFETY: Handle it with care.
INNOTEX is committed to product quality and innovation as well as to firefighter safety. As such, we use state-of-the-art materials and construction techniques in designing and manufacturing the most advanced turnout gear in the industry. We stand behind our products.
Firefighting is an inherently risky activity and we support our front-line responders. As such, we continuously innovate our products and practices, and have always openly and regularly communicated with our customers and stakeholders. To this end, we want to reiterate use and care practices for turnout gear.
Follow our recommendations for use and care of INNOTEX turnout gear as included in operator guides and industry guidelines; including:
- Limiting use of firefighting turnout gear as much as possible. While properly fitting gear is critical for protection on the fireground, it is probably not as advisable when picking up groceries or out in the community. This will help ensure not only the longevity of the turnout gear, but will also limit your exposure–and that of others–to the potential risks associated with wearing turnout gear, ranging from contaminant exposure to heat stroke.
- Keep gear as clean as possible and have your gear professionally cleaned as necessary (at least once every 12 months). We also recommend cleaning gear with soap and water after a fire, even before leaving the scene to help reduce exposure to contaminants, including carcinogens.
- Store gear properly and avoid storing it in home living areas, apparatus cabs and your vehicle’s trunk. This will help ensure not only the longevity of the turnout gear (for example, by minimizing UV degradation), but also limit your exposure–and that of others–to the risks associated with being in proximity to turnout gear that could be unsanitary or contaminated. When it is necessary to carry gear in enclosed places, it is best kept contained in a gear bag.
Finally, as any responsible manufacturer, we continuously monitor industry trends, including the evolving topic of PFAS. These chemicals, which are also present in everyday products, help turnout gear protect our customers and perform essential functions required by them.
Are PFAS dangerous?
Agencies such as the EPA, CDC and OSHA have not prohibited the use of PFAS as they are widely used in many products where their benefits are appreciated and demanded by consumers. For example PFAS among others resist and repel oil, stains, heat and water. Companies and brands such as GoreTex, Teflon and 3M continue to supply us with their products for use and incorporation in turnout gear.
Where else are PFAS found?
According to the CDC, PFAS are found in many products, including grease-resistant paper, fast food containers/wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, candy wrappers, non-stick cookware, stain-resistant coatings used on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics, water-resistant clothing, cleaning products, personal care products (shampoo, dental floss) and cosmetics (nail polish, eye makeup), and in paints, varnishes, and sealants.
What is INNOTEX doing about PFAS?
We purchase materials from large multinational corporations that are specialized in supplying products used in the production of turnout gear. We continually monitor available products that can meet the needs of our front-line defender in terms of comfort, protection, and durability, among others.
INNOTEX always employs proven state-of-the-art materials in manufacturing its turnout gear. As members of the NFPA, we continually monitor all developments that can yield the most benefits for our customers. This includes reviewing guidelines and recommendations not only from our suppliers, but also from experts and independent agencies and associations such as the IAFF.