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  • #16
    So use a product that is specifically designed to be used on SCBA

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    • #17
      Go to your local dive shop and get No-Fog that is made for SCUBA dive masks. End of problem!
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      • #18
        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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        • #19
          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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          • #20
            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
            We do not rise to the occasion. We fall back to our level of training.

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            • #21
              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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              • #22
                Am I the only one who installed a wiper blade in their mask?
                Eh?

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                • #23
                  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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                  • #24
                    Or you could try not wearing your mask if you are not on air.
                    I am a complacent liability to the fire service

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                    • #25
                      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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                      • #26
                        I use the old Scott 2.2's and although I occasionally use the purge method I would prefer to use another system because I don't want to waste my precious air either.

                        I'm glad that you asked the question Kevin.
                        I am going to look into that sightguard product.
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                        I am willing to learn.

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                        • #27
                          I beg to differ, but this maybe a SOP difference between your department and mine. We have to have our masks on at the truck so all we need to do is when we get to the door is pop the regulator on and go. Only officers can leave their masks off.

                          The problem is the distance between the truck, tools in hand, to the entrance of the structure. We've done the three blind mice routinee because of fog ups but I feel dumb.


                          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.

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                          • #28
                            Is this product safe for high temp enviroments?

                            Originally posted by fireman4949
                            Go to your local dive shop and get No-Fog that is made for SCUBA dive masks. End of problem!

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                            • #29
                              Try Driager no fog gel!

                              Here in Alaska fogging is a real problem when you go from a dry hot fire to the 20-40 below temps outside. We use Drager Packs and they sell a no fog gel that has worked the best for us. The MSA No fog stuff is ok.

                              The other option is to throw away your pack learn to breath out your A#@ and let the hair filter out the smoke! Just a thought!

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                              • #30
                                There was a similar posting on this topic a few months back. Like was stated earlier, put the face piece on when you need to go on air. If it fogs up then, you should be able to wipe the lens with your hand. That's about all that you can do. Your local SOP may say otherwise, but there are not too many other options. Try some suggestions offered here in training and see what works for you. Good luck

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