Standard firefighter hoods are commonly referred to as “cancer sponges” because they are made of terry cloth, which when wet can absorb toxins through direct contact with a firefighter’s head and neck. This allows dangerous particles to easily enter the bloodstream through the thinnest skin on a firefighter’s body and puts them at greater risk of developing cancer. Particulate hoods, however, are made of barrier materials, including both new particle filter layers as well as conventional moisture barriers, which shield firefighters from toxic particles.
Hoods For Heroes is committed to providing all Firefighters with the protective hoods that can help reduce head and neck exposure to carcinogens by 99%!
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Why barrier hoods?
Rare and aggressive forms of cancer in fire service starts with constant exposure to carcinogens that are absorbed through the skin. The thinnest skin on your body is in the neck and face area. Chemical blocking hoods can reduce exposure above the neck by 99%! The majority of hoods currently worn by fire service professionals do not protect this area.
As you may know, your skin is the largest organ of the human body and is highly absorptive, especially in the face, neck, and throat areas. Unknown to most, for every 5-degree increase in skin temperature the skin absorption increases by up to 400 percent. Without particulate barrier hoods, firefighters are not only exposed to dangerous toxins and chemicals daily but are exposed to them at a higher absorption rate through the skin. H4H identifies firefighters throughout the country in need of particulate barrier hoods and provides them through a grant application process.
The Unknown Epidemic of Firefighter Cancer
Surprisingly, fewer than 5% of Americans are aware of the cancer epidemic in fire service. We can help to reduce the exposure by raising community awareness and support to provide the protective equipment needed to reduce exposures. Our brave men and women on the front line of fire service deserve the safest equipment possible to help protect the life and property in our communities.
H4H also promotes continued health and wellness of fire stations through education concerning best practices and decontamination management.
How you can help
Help spread the word! We are looking for volunteers to help promote the message. Please use the social media links to follow and share how Hoods For Heroes is making a huge difference in the battle against Firefighter cancer! Bring awareness to your community and support your local heroes!
Our 2nd annual Firefighter Sound-Off will be held at beautiful Moosehaven in Orange Park, Florida on May 4, 2019. Proceeds from this awesome event will benefit Hoods For Heroes and supporting organizations for awareness, support, treatment and financial education of how cancer affects our brave men and women in fire service. Come out and join as we celebrate and pay tribute to the men and women who put it on the line daily to protect our communities!