Applying fine sprays or firefighting foam will reduce the risk of airborne pollution by composite materials and the general disturbance of the material in and around the wreckage. An alternative measure, where composite materials are badly fire damaged, is to apply a fine water spray to prevent particulates from becoming airborne.
By reducing airborne composite material particles, the hazards associated with exposure to the material or substance (by inhalation, ingestion or injection) can be reduced significantly.
When using firefighting foam or water, environmental protection should also be considered. See National Operational Guidance: Environmental protection.