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    I will be conducting a class early next year on the importance of wearing and SCBA at all structure fires. To illustrate this point, I would like to have a few common household items or building supplies that when burned will produce toxic fumes.

    In addition to this, I would like to know what the toxin is and what it can do to you.

    For example. Most houses have PVC piping, when PVC burns it produces a toxin known as ______. When you breathe this toxin it will do ____ to you.


    I don't know if this will scare our members out of the department or not. My purpose is to let them know the firefighting is dangerous. Because of that, we have things like SCBAs to protect us.


    Also, if you can think of similiar things that are toxic in a car when it burns. We don't get many car fires, but when we do, I want to make sure our guys and gals are safe.

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    when i teach a SCBA class one of the main gases i speak about is phosgene gas. it is produced when freon comes in contact with open flame. it then turns into hydrocloric acid (sp) when it enters any mucous membrane and burns the nasal passege, throat and lungs. it is lethal at only 2 parts per million. most every house has freon in fridges, AC units and cars have it as well.
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    • #3
      The National Institutes of Health has a website with hazard info for all kinds of household products.

      Click here
      TW
      Essex Junction Fire Dept.
      Vermont

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