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  • HenryChan
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    Head to your local ski shop, they'll direct you to what you need People have been using anti-fogging material for skiing for years.

    On another note, each Firefighter should follow their SOP and not suggestions here in regards to when they should have their face piece on. Not all Departments are the same and there is no "one right way".

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  • Squad1LT
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    Do what Chicago said, take off your mask until you are inside and need it. It annoys me when I see guys having there mask on in the truck going to a fire so that by the time the get there they can't see anything about the structure they are going into. Wait until the last moment you need it, then put it on. And if you go outside take it off. This is what I do to save time, it isnt NFPA recommended, but it saves time. I keep my mask on the regulator once I check the truck out and leave it on. Once I need my mask on in a fire I charge my bottle then put my mask on whith the regulator still attached. I have already tested the seal and operation at the start of shift so I dont need to retest the seal and all that. And with positive pressure, I dont even tighten up my top straps I leave them where they need to be so all I need to do is tighten the bottom two and go. It is alot more quick. Inside the fire wipe off your mask and keep moving the line.

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  • Dickey
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    Old scuba diver trick.....

    spit on the lense, rub it around, wipe dry.
    Works everytime.

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  • BSFD1969
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    try the eyeglass cleaner/antifog from local hardware store. works really good ive used it for years.

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  • LIEU4LIFE
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    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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  • AKDude
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    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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  • BrianB35
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    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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  • BrianB35
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    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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  • ROOKIELZ
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    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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  • VinnieB
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    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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  • ChicagoFF
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    Or you could try not wearing your mask if you are not on air.

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  • RDL210
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    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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  • localva
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    Am I the only one who installed a wiper blade in their mask?

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  • BFDLT32
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    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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  • DFDMAXX
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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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