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    Question Air mask fogging

    hey everyone. my department uses scott scba. so those who use them are familiar with the facepiece. i was wondering how many poeple have a problem with the facepiece fogging while not on air. whenever i remove my regulator and still have my facepiece on it will quickly fog up and i cant see a thing. any tricks or advice on what to do about this? thanks everyone. stay safe.

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    I usually just throw the regulator on and purge it for a few seconds. That or take the mask off if I'm not going to be on air for a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22
    I usually just throw the regulator on and purge it for a few seconds. That or take the mask off if I'm not going to be on air for a little while.

    +1 on that info !
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    Earth calling.

    Perchance it isn't just a Scott problem.

    Just one of those phisicks things they taught in skool.
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    i know its just not a scoot problem and i know how to fix the problem by purging the regulator. i just wanted to know if there was anything i could do without having to use air.

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    i just wanted to know if there was anything i could do without having to use air
    Die quietly with a foggy mask.
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    There's really no need to defog until you put the regulator in. In theory (and hopefully in practice too) you dont have your mask on until you are at the door, ready to go into the fire building. At that point, all you need are open ears to hear your officer, or to hear truck telling you to go in. When its time to go to work, put your regulator in, and your mask will defog within seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    Earth calling.

    Perchance it isn't just a Scott problem.

    Just one of those phisicks things they taught in skool.

    Kiwi,

    We can see that you are in rare form today/tonight. But then again I guess you are allowed to be touchy when you are always having to worry about falling off
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    I like to wear 2 masks so if the first one fogs I can.....

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    I don't wear a mask at all. I have found that two hoods, if worn properly, will filter out all of the bad stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    Die quietly with a foggy mask.

    lmao now thats funny ! Yes you need air !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeh850
    There's really no need to defog until you put the regulator in. In theory (and hopefully in practice too) you dont have your mask on until you are at the door, ready to go into the fire building. At that point, all you need are open ears to hear your officer, or to hear truck telling you to go in. When its time to go to work, put your regulator in, and your mask will defog within seconds.

    'Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinFFVFD
    hey everyone. my department uses scott scba. so those who use them are familiar with the facepiece. i was wondering how many poeple have a problem with the facepiece fogging while not on air. whenever i remove my regulator and still have my facepiece on it will quickly fog up and i cant see a thing. any tricks or advice on what to do about this? thanks everyone. stay safe.

    Honestly....just deal with it...its going to happen...nothing you can do. In a job, the outside of the facepiece will get weat, steamed up, and caked with soggy ash, sheetrock, plaster, insulation and what ever else.....just use your gloved hand and wipe the crap off...and carry on.
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    How about somethings real simple and old-school: Rub the inside with baby shampoo (a thin layer), rub spit on the inside (gross but effective), or buy some Rain-X wipes and use them daily when you check out your mask. Easy enough?

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    That problem comes with all air packs. Survivairs do the same thing and I'm sure drags do as well.
    I tried rubbing the inside of my mask with the the anti fog wipes they sell for windshields one training and it did the job, but then again I would be wary of the ingredients in any product that you rub on yourself or your equipment before going into a working structure.
    FF dies of full thickness burns to the face, neck, and throat after rubbing an alcohol based automotive anti fog product on his air mask is not something I can say I would be thrilled to see on the first page of this website.

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    So use a product that is specifically designed to be used on SCBA

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    Go to your local dive shop and get No-Fog that is made for SCUBA dive masks. End of problem!
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    that was really what i was trying to find out, if there was a product that could be purchased to keep it from fogging up. the department i am on, since it is volunteer, has a lower response from firefighters during the day, of course since many of the firefighters are at work. so many times i will find myself on a fire scene with just 4 or 5 other people. when i go inside a structure to do whatever, i may have to exit again to go back to the truck to get tools or whatever is needed. i take my regulator out so i wont waist air. by the time i find the tools or whatever i need my mask is pretty much fooged up to the point that i cannot see. so i have two choices, go back on air and wait for it to de-fog so i can see again, or when i exit the structure take my mask off. but if i do that then it will take up more time since i have to put the mask back on.
    i knew that when i posted this question that i would get a lot of smarta** answers. sure, i know the ways to unfog a mask. i just wanted to know if there were products out there to completely stop the problem. thanks to those who actually tried to answer my question.

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    Kevin,
    take your ring finger and stick it in your regulator hole and and use it like a windshield wiper........or check out MSA they make a product called Sightgard
    anti fog towelette....we bought these after some of our guys complained of fogging.....personally I like the purge valve.

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    Hmmmmmmm...... give this a shot. Dish washing liquid. Wipe a THIN coat on the inside mask lense, then use a soft cloth to wipe off the excess and polish it up until clear. Never tried it w/ scba mask, but works well with motocross goggles

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEDVVFAC
    or buy some Rain-X wipes and use them daily when you check out your mask.
    Be careful what you introduce into your mask. It was not that long ago that a firefighter used superglue in his mask to get the no fog sheet reattached. It worked well until he entered a hot fire and the superglue off gased which is cyanide. He did not make it to the hospital. Just something to think about.
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    Am I the only one who installed a wiper blade in their mask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB
    Honestly....just deal with it...its going to happen...nothing you can do. In a job, the outside of the facepiece will get weat, steamed up, and caked with soggy ash, sheetrock, plaster, insulation and what ever else.....just use your gloved hand and wipe the crap off...and carry on.


    Amen!!!

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    Or you could try not wearing your mask if you are not on air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoFF
    Or you could try not wearing your mask if you are not on air.

    But Chicago.....that would be against NFPA, OSHA, FBI, CIA, DHS, ACS, and MSA Rules?!!!!!
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