THIS HOOD MEETS THE HOOD INTERFACE REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 1971, STANDARD ON PROTECTIVE ENSEMBLE FOR STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING, CURRENT EDITION DANGER!
- Fire fighting is an EXTREMELY AND UNAVOIDABLY DANGEROUS activity. The numbers of hazards encountered at fire and emergency scenes are limitless and constantly changing. It is impossible to list all types of hazards which you will confront. This hood will not protect you from all burns, injuries, diseases, conditions or hazards. You must exercise caution at all times to avoid hazards.
- Do not use your protective ensemble unless and until you have been thoroughly trained by your fire department or employer in fire fighting strategies, safety procedures and the proper use of your protective ensemble.
- If this hood is exposed to heat, you may be burned with no warning and no sign of damage to the hood.
- Do not use your protective hood if it is torn, cracked, abraded or altered from its original condition.
- Do not wear a wet or dirty hood. Water and other fluids conduct electricity. Wet, dirty and/or contaminated protective elements may increase your risk of death, burns and injuries due to electrocution. Even if your protective hood is dry, clean, and properly maintained, you may be electrocuted. Review the laundry, cleaning and decontamination section in this user’s guide and on the label of the hood itself.
- Use extreme caution for all operations.
- This hood is not warranted to be fit for a particular or specific purpose.
- Wearing your protective hood or any protective equipment may increase your risk of heat stress which may cause heart attack, stroke, dehydration or other conditions resulting in injury, death, or illness. At the first sign of heat stress, immediately seek medical help! Be constantly alert to the possibility of exposure to heat and other hazards.
Failure to comply with these warnings and additional warnings found in this guide may result in INJURY, DEATH, DISEASE, ILLNESS OR BURNS. REDUCE YOUR RISK!
You can reduce...but not eliminate your risk of death, burns, injuries, diseases and illnesses through the following:
- Proper training and constant practice in fire fighting and emergency tactics and safety;
- Proper selection, maintenance and use of safety equipment;
- Wet, dirty and/or contaminated protective hoods can be a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, fungus and other harmful substances that can cause disease and illness. Your protective hood must be kept as dry and clean as possible in order to reduce the risk of fungus, infections, diseases, and illness;
- Exercising extreme caution at all times;
- A thorough knowledge of the design, performance and use limitations of NFPA 1971- Current Edition, NFPA 1500, NFPA 1581, NFPA 1999, NFPA 1993 and OSHA. You must be knowledgeable of the content of these publications.
ONE SIZE FITS ALL . Do not modify, change or alter your protective hood in any manner.
DONNING YOUR PROTECTIVE HOOD
- Put on bunker pants prior to putting on hood.
- Place hood over head with face opening over face, pull hood face opening over the head so hood is around neck.
- Put on SCBA face mask and adjust straps.
- Pull hood up and over back of head, covering mask straps. Assure that SCBA face piece and hood overlap so that no gaps occur in protection in any body position encountered during use. Also assure that the hood does NOT interfere with the SCBA face piece seal to the wearer’s face. Put on and adjust helmet.
- After hood is on, put on turnout coat, completely closing (securing) the front and collar tabs.
Doffing procedures vary depending on whether or not your protective hood has been contaminated during use.
- If not contaminated, remove your protective hood in reverse order from that described above for donning the protective hood. Slip two hands under the inside of the hood and gently pull the hood off in an upward motion to avoid any contact of the outside hood layer with skin
- Inspect hood for any damage or change in condition.
- If damage or change in condition is noted, notify fire department or employer immediately. Such damage or change in condition must be corrected before you may use your protective hood.
- If no damage or change is noted, clean and store your protective hood as recommended in this guide under Cleaning and Maintenance.
Contaminated - Protective hoods contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, toxins, radioactivity, chemicals, and hazardous materials.
- Avoid unprotected bodily contact with any contaminated area of your protective hood. Avoid spreading the contaminants from your hood to your personal belongings, your living quarters and/or interior spaces in buildings and vehicles.
- Place contaminated hood in a leak-proof, air tight bag that can be securely sealed.
- Properly dispose of in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
- If hood is to be reused, it must be decontaminated in accordance with the instructions prior to you or anyone having unprotected bodily contact with it.
INSPECTION OF YOUR PROTECTIVE HOOD
Though most performance properties of the protective hood can not be tested adequately in the field, OSHA regulations require your department or employer to regularly inspect your protective ensemble and other safety equipment. Your fire department should have a systematic, routine and regularly scheduled inspection of your protective ensemble and equipment. Full documentation of these inspections should be kept.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR PROTECTIVE HOOD
- You must keep your hoods clean and maintain them as set forth in their labels and the manufacturers instructions.
- Clean your hood as soon as possible after an incident where it has been soiled or exposed to blood or body fluids, tars, fuels, resins, paints, acids, by-products of combustion or other hazardous materials. Do not wear your hood again until it has been properly cleaned. If hood cannot be properly cleaned, you must retire and dispose of the hood.
- Do not commercially dry clean!
- Hoods should be washed in regular detergent in warm water not to exceed 130ºF.
- Do not use chlorine bleach or detergents containing chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach will compromise the protective qualities provided by the fabrics used in the manufacturing of this hood.
- Do not wring hoods to dry, squeeze hood to remove excess water.
- Shape and lay flat in a dry, cool shaded location to dry. Do not store your hood in direct sunlight.
- Before and after every fire ground use or training exercise, your hoods should be inspected. All damaged protective hoods must be retired and disposed. Any physical change in any component should be immediately referred to personnel to determine if your hood’s protective qualities have been in any way compromised.
- In the event of either questionable appearance or characteristics, caution should prevail and the protective hood should be replaced.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
- Repair is generally not practical (or recommended) considering the cost of new hoods. If repair is desired, refer to the manufacturer or to a facility capable of making repairs consistent with the original manufacturer. PGI does not warranty any hood in which repairs have been made without the specific written permission or inclusion of PGI, Inc.