Very few items of equipment are as important as the firefighter’s safety boots. Whilst safety boots can protect firefighters to a very high level indeed, they are also superb at giving additional grip and foot support.
One of the main protection benefits of safety boots to firefighters is that they are able to resist flames. Not only are firefighter safety boots resistant to flames on the main body of the boot, but the laces are also treated to prevent burning and singeing. Safety boots are great at protecting the firefighters skin from burning too, especially when they are used in conjunction with fireproof socks.
Firefighters are able to assist those in danger much more easily if they are able to have confidence in the protection that their safety boots affords them. By not wearing the correct safety boots firefighters will find that they won’t be able to help those people they ought to whilst also putting themselves at higher risk of personal danger.
Safety boots also offer the firefighter protection in other areas apart from fire retardant qualities which further improve their overall safety. Reinforced toes, either from steel or some kind of composite material can help prevent firefighters from getting crushed toes. The bottom of the foot can also be protected by the addition of a sole plate that helps prevent sharp and dangerous items from penetrating the boot and consequently preventing the foot from being damaged severely by protruding items. Often, safety boots are made to ensure that the firefighters skin is highly protected from chemicals and other dangerous substances that could damage the skin or be absorbed directly into the firefighters blood stream consequently poisoning them.
By not wearing safety boots it can be said of firefighters that they will not be in a position to give their very best help. health and safety standards are there for a reason, and by wearing safety boots, firefighters can ensure that they are playing a vital role in the fire rescue machine.