Problem. It has been established that fire emergency workers including firefighters and emergency rescue workers and hazardous materials response workers may have an increased insistence of cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to fire event related environmental toxic chemicals. Potential known carcinogens posing exposure risks to fire emergency workers include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, asbestos, and formaldehyde.
Solution. The present invention pertains to garments that incorporate devices and mechanisms for determining changes with time of garment properties including construction material properties and presence of acquired external substances. Specific applications regarding testing for the presence of toxic and otherwise deleterious chemicals acquired through use of a garment.