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Ultrasonic Cleaners and Public Safety

For several years, ultrasonic cleaners have provided both quick and thorough methods of cleaning vital equipment in a wide range of industries. Some of the most important fields that have employed ultrasonic cleaners are those involved in public safety and service. Police departments, fire departments, emergency medical teams and other first responders often rely on ultrasonic cleaners to keep their equipment free from dirt, oils and other contaminants that may affect their most essential tools.


Numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are using ultrasonic cleaners to clean their weapons. Many departments use ultrasonic cleaners to clean handguns, shotguns and rifles. Officers will disassemble their weapons and place the affected mechanisms into the cleaner tank. These cleaning machines provide the fast action and intense cavitations required to root out excess oil, gunpowder and other residue that can cause a firearm to jam, misfire or malfunction.


Another set of important tools for most officers are their handcuffs. Officers frequently use their handcuffs on several arrestees per day. After a few days or weeks of use, the cuffs can accumulate dirt, skin oil and dead skin cells. Without proper and regular cleanings, the repeated use of handcuffs could lead to cross-contamination. Ultrasonic cleaners are highly effective at removing these particles, as well as cleaning the intricate mechanisms inside the cuffs.

SCBA Equipment

Police officers and firefighters both often rely on their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment. In both fields, workers frequently encounter smoke, toxic chemicals and other harsh airborne substances than can attack the eyes, throat and lungs. The seals and regulators on SCBA equipment can be susceptible to these dangerous contaminants. The chemical solutions used in ultrasonic cleaners are strong enough to remove these particles, while still mild enough not to damage the fragile seals and gaskets.

Firefighter Protective Equipment

In addition to their breathing equipment, firefighters must also take care of their protective clothing. Conventional washers and dryers can damage the reflective tape used on firefighter pants and jackets. Firefighters rely on these reflective surfaces to spot each other through thick smoke and low visibility. Also, standard washers are often not equipped to remove many of the toxic chemicals that can become embedded in the protective fabric. Ultrasonic cleaners can remove these hazardous chemicals while maintaining the reflectivity of the safety tape.

EMT/EMS Equipment

Paramedics also use ultrasonic cleaners for much of their equipment. Needles, scalpels or any other sharp instruments that require sterilization undergo vigorous cleaning in an ultrasonic bath prior to the sterilization step. The ultrasonic cleaning process cuts down on the time that EMTs would use to clean these instruments by hand, thus allowing them to have better response times in emergencies.

The applications for ultrasonic cleaners from iUltrasonic in the public safety arena have expanded along with the technological advances in the equipment in use every day by these dedicated workers. Ultrasonic cleaners have enabled several industries to save on time to maintain their tools.  In the business world, that means saving money. In the public safety field, it means saving lives.


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