Firefighters' Clothing Contain Toxic Chemicals

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Heat-blocking gear worn by firefighters has been found to contain chemicals that can cause liver, kidney, and thyroid disease.

The International Association of Fire Fighters made the announcement yesterday, and as a result, the organization is recommending that firefighters limit their use of protective gear to situations where it is absolutely necessary...

The union’s medical officer says, "It is essential that unnecessary carcinogens are eliminated or mitigated until we can find gear that poses no health risks to our firefighters. We can’t control most of the toxins we encounter on the fire ground, but we can and must control the unnecessary exposures to chemicals like PFAS in our personal protective equipment.”

Read the full report on The Washington Examiner.

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