FlamePro, a British manufacturing specialist of life-saving garments for firefighters, has developed a new particulate flash hood, which provides increased protection from cancer-causing particles whilst also being more comfortable than other hoods on the market.
The hood has been designed with the use of Nomex Nano Flex, a high-performance material which enables the hood to be more flexible than other hoods available on the market, whilst still providing unrivalled protection from carcinogens, by allowing air through but not particulates. In fact, Nomex Nano Flex results in up to a four times increase in particle barrier efficiency.
The one-size-fits-all hood amazingly blocks 96% of harmful contaminants, which only increases with laundering. A double water-resistant finish on the outer shell of the hood also allows it to dry three times faster, in turn reducing the toxic residue build-up, and the hood has also been designed to ensure low noise level so that hearing isn’t compromised by the crackling/rustling of suit membranes used in other hoods.
Reece Buchner, technical sales manager at FlamePro, said: ‘Cancer-causing particulates are, quite rightly, a huge area of concern in the firefighting industry currently. Studies have found that particulates are most likely to enter a firefighter’s body through the skin, and in particular, there is one major area of vulnerability – the head and neck.
‘This is exactly why we’ve launched our new particulates hood, utilising the most revolutionary fibres available on the market to provide firefighters with advanced protection against carcinogens, whilst undertaking their life-saving work.
‘The new hood provides complete coverage of the head and neck, to help combat this area of vulnerability for firefighters, and has also been carefully designed to ensure comfort and flexibility for the wearer during the strenuous and physical tasks that firefighters are faced with.’
More information about FlamePro’s particulate flash hood can be found here.