The importance of safety gloves for firefighters
Combating a fire requires safety equipment that will unfalteringly defend you from harm. There are a number of protective items in a firefighter’s arsenal that already do this. One of the less-appreciated ones is protective gloving. Duties like spraying a fire hose, swinging an axe, operating the jaws of life and other tasks all require a pair of gloves that’s capable of being versatile-yet-durable.
One of the main problems for firefighters, when it comes to safety equipment, is that their duties are very diverse. So their gloves need to be multi-faceted and able to deliver in a range of situations. For firefighters that typically fight structure fires, we have an entire line of gloves that can meet all of their varied needs. Or if flame-retardant properties are at the top of your priority list, we have a number of gloves like the Shelby Proximity gauntlet gloves that will keep the heat off of your hands.
What are the main benefits of fire-retardant gloves?
Firefighters require safety equipment that’s capable of protecting them from the myriad of dangers that they face on a daily basis. The most common items like respirators and fire suits receive the bulk of the attention. But what about safety gloves, which protect the ever-important hands? They’re often overlooked, but they have immense value when it comes to preventing injuries from fire, steam, cuts, abrasions and a number of other potential injuries.
Gloves with fire-retardant properties can prevent the most common injuries related to firefighting. The heat from wildfires can wreak havoc on unprotected hands. Our collection of firefighting gloves can protect you from overwhelming heat, allowing you to battle fires unimpeded. With gloves like the Shelby Crosstech Direct Grip wristlet gloves, you will be confident knowing that you’re wearing one of the most protective gloves available for battling structure fires.
How can extrication gloves help you?
A specially designed extrication glove is meant to aid rescue efforts in the field. These gloves often have add-ons and accessories that can make it easier to complete your duties. The Shelby Xtrication glove, for example, has a Velcro-fastened light attachment for hands-free illumination of your surroundings. Waterproof gloves are a priority for some firefighters. If you’re like these people, then you need these waterproof gloves from Shelby; they come complete with a waterproof barrier to protect you from a range of organic and inorganic liquids.
Picking the right fire and rescue glove for your needs
Because of the range of uses firefighter gloves are designed for, picking one for your application should come down to prioritizing features. If you don’t need flame protection, for example, then that is likely a feature that you may want to downgrade on your priority list. Similarly, if you need to have a flexible glove or one that is capable of easily gripping an axe or a fire hose, then you should ensure that the glove of your choice has these functions.
Firefighters that plan to wear their gloves for extended periods of time should also be cognizant of glove comfort and breathability. Uncomfortable gloves can wear at you and poorly ventilated ones will cause you to sweat excessively, creating an environment ideal for bacteria growth. If you can afford to potentially sacrifice on some other features, being mindful of these considerations can help prevent significant discomfort.
How are firefighters’ gloves different than the rest?
While we do stock an enormous inventory of gloves at Enviro Safety, many of them – like firefighters’ gloves – have unique features that are exclusive to that type of glove. Some gloves may prevent needles from penetrating them, while others are designed to prevent you from sustaining cuts or lacerations. Firefighting gloves, too, have their own unique properties. Many of them are designed to be durable, offer superior grip and include varying levels of heat resistance. While other gloves may also overlap with these features, none of them are specifically designed to perform in the environments that firefighters commonly find themselves in.
Why shop with us?
As a store, Enviro Safety Products is committed to its customers. Our prices are kept low in order to make our high-quality products accessible to everyone. The entire shopping process at Enviro Safety is focused on the customer. If you’re unhappy with a purchase, we allow you to return it without any worries. It’s all part of our uncompromising dedication to our customers and their happiness. We also carry a number of flame-resistant clothing items for added protection.