CHINO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hero Wipes, the leading innovator of proven, protective wipes for first responders, today announced the results from additional lab testing of the Hero Wipes product that confirm its capability to remove up to 99.7 percent of lead contaminants. That is in addition to the previously proven removal of up to 90 percent of known carcinogens found in soot for the FIRE decontamination wipe. Public safety professionals, including firefighters and law enforcement personnel, are put at great risk daily from exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens. Post-incident decontamination with proper wipes is critical to reducing the risk of toxic handoff.
Recent studies show that firefighters responding to structure fires are exposed not only to potentially carcinogenic soot but also lead contaminants coming from household furnishings, carpets and appliances. Studies also show an increased risk of lead poisoning for Law Enforcement members due to the exposure of gunshot residue and lack of proper decontamination. Assembled in the USA and EWG verified, Hero Wipes has been formulated, tested and proven to remove carcinogenic soot and lead contaminants in the same wipe.
"We are very proud of the work we do to support and protect first responders and public safety personnel," said Eve Yen, founder and CEO of Diamond Wipes International, Inc., which owns Hero Wipes. "The additional protection offered by the Hero Wipes FIRE product shows our continued commitment to protecting the people who protect us."
"All of us at the Los Angeles Fire Department are excited to hear the news about the new tests," said LAFD Assistant Chief Wade White. "We selected Hero Wipes because it was proven effective at removing soot. Now to learn that it is also effective at removing the heavy metal toxins that we are exposed to is an added value."
Introduced in 2017, Hero Wipes is the first on-scene decontamination wipe to have its unique formulation, a patent-pending blend of ingredients that works to isolate harmful toxins and carcinogens, scientifically tested for effectiveness in their removal. Hero Wipes is proven effective to remove up to 90 percent of benzopyrene, commonly found in soot, and up to 69 percent of TCEP, the most common toxic flame retardant, in just a single swipe. With the new testing showing removal of up to 99.7 percent of lead contaminants, Hero Wipes FIRE provides top-of-the-line protection from fire contamination.
Additional information on testing and decontamination protocols can be found on the Hero Wipes webpage -- https://www.myherowipes.com.
Members of the public safety community who want to learn more or make product requests can contact Hero Wipes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Diamond Wipes at 800‑454‑1077.
About Hero Wipes
The Hero Wipes portfolio includes original Hero Wipes, the first and only brand of decontamination wipes studied and proven to be effective in removing cancer-causing carcinogens from the vulnerable skin of firefighters and Hero Wipes EMS, which effectively cleans and kills 99.9 percent of germs to reduce infection risks. Hero Wipes EMS complies with OSHA's blood born pathogen standard requirements and the CDC's guideline for hand hygiene in a healthcare setting. Hero Wipes, through its commitment to using safe ingredients, providing transparency and engaging in quality manufacturing practices, is a proud member of the prestigious EWG VERIFIED program. Hero Wipes also donates a portion of its proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Hero Wipes products are available online at www.myherowipes.com.
SOURCE Hero Wipes