Any helmet should be removed from service if it has sustained a substantial blow from falling objects. The same would be true if the wearer has fallen and his head and helmet impacted the ground. When in doubt, take it out of service.


Should a thermoplastic helmet experience blistering/bubbling due to high heat exposure, remove it from service. Remove any helmet that is exposed to direct flame. Carefully examine composite helmets exposed to high heat for potential surface cracking/crazing due to the exposure. The composite shell should remain rigid when you attempt to flex the material. Any cracking sounds and ease of flex are signs of weakened material.


Helmets are sometimes kept in service well past their useful life. All elements of the firefighter’s ensemble will and do “wear out”. Frequent inspection with trained/educated eyes is needed to determine if a helmet can remain in service. These inspections should increase in frequency and their level of scrutiny as helmets get older.

Vanguard Fire & Safety is a distributor of leading brand fire-fighting equipment and specialised industrial safety products.  We are committed to the supply of premium quality products to the fire and emergency services related market and industrial safety segment.

We have an office in Port Elizabeth and one in Durban.

PORT ELIZABETH OFFICE:  +27 41 451 2461
DURBAN OFFICE:  +27 31 564 3200