Foggy Scott SCBA Masks
Our small Newfoundland, Canada, Dept. has 8 sets of SCBA, five newer Pioneer Cairns and three mid-eighties vintage Scott 2.2. Our members like the newer Cairns as the mask does not tend to fog up. Our Scott masks fog up almost immediately, and unless the air is almost free flowing, the visibility is nill through the fogged mask, which is problems even when not in heavy smoke. Nosecups are present in the masks, with the mask mounted regulators. How do we correct the problem? Did an anti-fog coating get wore/washed off over the years or is this a trend of the Scott's? How do we correct this for the long term, do new facepieces correct this? Or is there some Scott anti-fog coating on the market? Long intervals occur between the wearing of the masks and are not issued on an individual basis. Any Scott fans or suppliers can help us??? Thanks.
I just tweek the purge valve open and shoot a lil fresh air in the mask. Seams to clear it up for a min or 2. Any longer without going into a hazard type area and I just take it off. THey are so quick to put back on that it does not slow you down at all .practice , practice, practice:D
Try rubbing some toothpaste on the inside of the mask and rinse it off. Sometimes the chemicals that are used in the making of the mask will remain on the lense and make it fog up. A fine abrasive substance, like toothpaste, will be enough to remove this layer. I know it works for divers, so maybe it will work for a firefighter's mask.
Sorry, I had to laugh at the toothpaste. Scott makes
a thin, clear plastic insert for the mask and I
promise, it works for the life of the mask. We had
them for the 4.5 mask when I worked at Orange County
Fire, CA. Call their Service Center for details at
Call Scott and I am sure they will take care of you.
Maybe even for free is you shake it right.
I thought the toothpaste idea was a novel idea, I guess we'd all smell like we had fresh breath!! I'll check for the inserts with a Canadian Distributor, hopefully that will correct our problem. Any other suggustions out there or do others have this problem as well?
Trust me...The main thing I remember about the
inserts is that they keep the mask always clear.
but there were some edges it didnt cover.
SO, you could see clear all the time and
some little fog on the very outside edges.
They work great....