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These are actions that you can take to reduce your exposure to cancer causing substances to decrease your chance of developing future cancers.

  • Wear SCBA during incidents and overhaul

  • Whenever possible work behind the nozzle spray when extinguishing fires

  • Work to remove exhaust from engines in the fire hall

  • Be aware of exhaust from apparatuses at the fire scene

  • Do not store turnout gear in vehicles or sleeping areas

REDUCE EXPOSURE TO SMOKE
  • Perform gross decontamination at the scene

  • Shower ASAP

  • Use a wet wipe to remove soot from the skin ASAP at the fire scene

  • After fire, store turnout gear in an OUTSIDE compartment

  • If available, a second (clean) set of turnouts should be used upon returning to the station

  • Ensure that your turnout gear is proper laundered after exposures

REDUCE EXPOSURE TO YOUR SKIN
  • Don't use tobacco products

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

  • Limit processed meats

  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active

  • Use sunscreen and cover areas exposed to the sun

  • Get regular medical care

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

© 2019 By Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation

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