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    OK, I realize with all the smoke we can't see anything anyway, but what do all of you do to prevent condensation inside your mask? At least moisture on the outside of the mask can be wiped away, but the stuff INSIDE the mask is a pain. Suggestions?

  • #2
    Originally posted by enginegirl
    OK, I realize with all the smoke we can't see anything anyway, but what do all of you do to prevent condensation inside your mask? At least moisture on the outside of the mask can be wiped away, but the stuff INSIDE the mask is a pain. Suggestions?
    Stop breathing.

































    Consider getting a nose piece for your mask. They help a lot.




    Kevin
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fireman4949
      Stop breathing.


      Kevin
      I'll have to try that one

      One question......

      FOR HOW LONG??????
      Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

      Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by THEFIRENUT
        I'll have to try that one

        One question......

        FOR HOW LONG??????
        ...You'll know!
        Fire Lieutenant/E.M.T.
        IAFF Local 2339
        K of C 4th Degree
        "LEATHER FOREVER"
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        • #5
          Once you turn the air on, it usually goes away. The nose cup is a big help. I know Scott used to have a plastic insert that stuck to the inside of the mask to help with that but I don't know if they are made anymore.
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          • #6
            When I dabbled in snorkeling,I learned to spit into the mask and rub it around a bit to cut down on fogging up.
            Most SCBA rigs have a nose cup that cuts fogging and there are anti fogging wipes on the market.Brigade Quartermasters is the only catalog I can think of right now that carries them.
            That and keeping up with cleaning the mask after using it will go a long way to keeping down the fog.

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            • #7
              At one point in time, Scott offered an anti-fogging product for their masks. We found a product that was made for eye glasses that worked just as well, Just rub it on and wipe it off and it worked great. Unfortunately, it's in my desk drawer at work and I can't remember the name of it. You may want to check with you local SCUBA diving shop. I know they typically carry anti-fogging stuff for the masks that they use, too. (And it is usually waterproof, which help out)

              Hope this helps,
              Mark

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              • #8
                condensation

                Thanks everyone. I used to scuba dive and we spit in our masks, but then would also rinse it once with sea water before donning, and that worked great against fogging. No sea water on the fireground, but I will give the spit a try....

                Fireman, why didn't I think of not breathing?! That solves the whole issue - no SCBA needed at all! So much lighter! LOL

                Also the nose piece and Scott spray sound good, I'll look into those.

                Thanks again to everyone. Keep safe.

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                • #9
                  enginegirl

                  I finally dug into my drawer at work and found the stuff that we've been using with good success. It is called Anti-Fog from World Optical. You can even buy it on the internet now....

                  http://www.world-opticalproducts.com/anti_fog.html

                  Give it a look and see what you think.
                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    hurrah!

                    Hey Mark thanks for looking in that drawer! That stuff sounds like just the ticket, many thanks!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kidd192
                      enginegirl

                      I finally dug into my drawer at work and found the stuff that we've been using with good success. It is called Anti-Fog from World Optical. You can even buy it on the internet now....

                      http://www.world-opticalproducts.com/anti_fog.html

                      Give it a look and see what you think.
                      Mark
                      That stuff has been around forever! I remember we had a jar of that when I was a kid over 35 years ago. The container and labeling even looks the same.

                      It does work well, and a single jar will last a long, long time.




                      Kevin

                      (edit) Looking at the label again, I guess it was only 32 years ago!
                      Fire Lieutenant/E.M.T.
                      IAFF Local 2339
                      K of C 4th Degree
                      "LEATHER FOREVER"
                      Member I.A.C.O.J.
                      http://www.tfdfire.com/
                      "Fir na tine"

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                      • #12
                        usually with the air on it doesnt fog up much..and the newer AV-5000 scott masks tend not to fog up at all..sorry if im repeating what some1 has already stated

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                        • #13
                          A common problem with face pieces fogging up is that some members put them on too early - that is, while enroute in the rig or while a manpower staging pool awaiting an assignment. I have seen many firefighters do this and this will definately cause a fog-up. Personally, we place our face piece on the regulator and put it on just before we enter the smoke filled environment. There may be some SOG's in effect that specifically spell this practice out, but what we do works for us and we have very little complaints about the face pieces fogging up. I hope this helps.

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                          • #14
                            that's part of the problem, then

                            Lieu4Life, I know I've put the mask on too early, then. Thanks for the good advice - anything to cut down on that fog. I appreciate the help.

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                            • #15
                              If you crack your bypass valve slightly it acts as a "defroster: and will clear up the fog. As for anti-fog....I use dish soap. Put a small drop in your mask and buff it with a lint free cloth till it is clear. Works like a charm
                              Buck
                              Assistant Chief/EMT-B

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