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How can firefighters’ risk of asbestos exposure be reduced?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Asbestos Exposure & Claims

In Cleveland, Ohio, firefighters risk their lives to rescue others from devastating fires. They face the potential of serious burns while on the job, and they may even face exposure to asbestos. Firefighters’ risks of asbestos should be reduced while they work.

What are the risk factors of asbestos for firefighters?

Firefighters spend their time entering buildings and other structures to put out fires. Some of those buildings might be very old and not up to current code, which means there might be asbestos still present. While they put out fires and face exposure to the dangerous substance, firefighters can face higher risks of developing cancer over time. This could result in more firefighters having to file asbestos and mesothelioma claims.

If materials from the 1980s or earlier are still present in buildings, it significantly increases firefighters’ risk of exposure. Supplies like plaster, caulking, siding, flooring, roofing, drywall and more are known to have contained asbestos. As a result, if they are still present in buildings that catch fire, firefighters can face serious risks of asbestos exposure as the fibers easily break down.

How can firefighters’ asbestos exposure be reduced?

Firefighters can reduce their risks of asbestos exposure by taking certain measures, which can also help lower the number of asbestos and mesothelioma claims filed. Wearing the right type of respirator and using it properly with an airtight seal around the nose and mouth can protect them from breathing in the dangerous substance.

If asbestos particles fall on a firefighter’s clothing, there is a risk of bringing it home and endangering their family. Firefighters should launder their work clothing, shower after and change into fresh clothing before going home.

Extra safety equipment should always be on hand in places that are accessible to all firefighters. They should also avoid handling dust at sites in the event that it contains asbestos. Additionally, firefighters should have routine medical screenings to be on the safe side.

Too many firefighters end up getting seriously ill on the job due to asbestos. With the right safety precautions in place, it’s possible to limit exposure and illness.

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