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    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.
    2009 Warren County Firefighter of the Year

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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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        Earth calling.

        Perchance it isn't just a Scott problem.

        Just one of those phisicks things they taught in skool.
        Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
        Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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        • #5
          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.
          2009 Warren County Firefighter of the Year

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          • #6
            i just wanted to know if there was anything i could do without having to use air
            Die quietly with a foggy mask.
            Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
            Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  I like to wear 2 masks so if the first one fogs I can.....

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FlyingKiwi
                      Die quietly with a foggy mask.

                      lmao now thats funny ! Yes you need air !
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                      • #12
                        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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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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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