AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam) can be toxic under certain circumstances. AFFF is a firefighting foam widely used to suppress fires involving flammable liquids, such as petroleum-based products. While it is effective in extinguishing fires, AFFF contains certain chemical compounds that have raised concerns about their potential toxicity.
Am I at Risk for Exposure to AFFF Foam?
Various groups of individuals are likely to be exposed to AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam) during different circumstances. The primary groups include:
Firefighters and Emergency Responders: Firefighters and other emergency responders are at a high risk of exposure to AFFF during firefighting operations. They use AFFF to suppress and extinguish fires involving flammable liquids, such as petroleum-based products.
Military Personnel: AFFF has been commonly used on military bases, especially in areas where flammable liquids are stored or used. Military personnel, including firefighters and aircraft rescue crews, may come into contact with AFFF during training exercises or actual fire emergencies.
Airport Personnel: AFFF has been used for fire suppression in airport hangars and near runways, where fuel spills or fires related to aircraft are potential hazards. Airport firefighters and personnel responsible for handling firefighting equipment may encounter AFFF.
Industrial Workers: Industries dealing with flammable liquids or where the risk of liquid fires exists may use AFFF for fire protection. Workers in these industries may be exposed to AFFF during training exercises or firefighting incidents.
First Responders and Hazmat Teams: In situations involving hazardous materials (hazmat) incidents or fuel spills, first responders and hazmat teams may use AFFF as part of their response efforts.
Training Exercises: AFFF is often used in training scenarios to prepare personnel for firefighting situations. This includes firefighters, military personnel, and industrial emergency response teams.
Nearby Communities: There have been cases of AFFF leaching into the environment and contaminating groundwater, leading to potential exposure for nearby communities who rely on groundwater as a drinking water source.
It's important to note that the use of AFFF containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) has raised concerns about its potential toxicity and environmental impact. As a result, some jurisdictions have restricted or banned the use of PFAS-based AFFF in certain applications, opting for fluorine-free alternatives. Efforts are also being made to manage and address the environmental contamination caused by PFAS-containing AFFF.
Do I need an attorney for my AFFF Foam case?
If you or a loved one suspect exposure to AFFF Foam and had negative impacts from it, contact Georgia Super Lawyer Jason R. Schultz PC to make sure you are compensated for all of your lost wages, medical expenses and pain. Do not face this crisis on your own.
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