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#221535 - 04/14/11 11:27 AM Re: Office Kit [Re: bacpacjac]
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Aussie, so far I just have my glasses and sunglasses for eye protection. I'm thinking about throwing in a pair of safety goggles too. So many choices on that front!

Reminds me that I should throw some Visine into the FAK.
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#221536 - 04/14/11 11:32 AM Re: Office Kit [Re: bacpacjac]
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Thanks for the advance research acropolis!
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#221623 - 04/15/11 01:12 PM Re: Office Kit [Re: bacpacjac]
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One think I can say is dont cheap out on eye protection. Get the highest rated for multiple things you can find. And note that Vented means its NOT a closed system and the finest of dust and misted liquids CAN get inside. Home depot I think had thee best pair I could find.
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#221645 - 04/15/11 05:18 PM Re: Office Kit [Re: bacpacjac]
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Great advice, Frisket. Thanks!
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#221685 - 04/16/11 04:53 PM Re: Office Kit [Re: bacpacjac]
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Your welcome as to the research. As to eye protection, my bad for not mentioning that I use swim goggles. Find the pair that fits you best. Cheap and effective.

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#221765 - 04/18/11 01:15 AM Re: Office Kit [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
Don't forget the nail clippers.....


My son brought me clippers tonight to trim his toenails after his bath, and he chose the ones we used when he was little. The clipper part isn't as big as some other pairs, the handle is bulkier and there's no file like some have, but they do have a built in magnifying glass. Think I might swap mine out for them.
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#221772 - 04/18/11 04:10 AM Re: Office Kit [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
I would want to get a mask and canisters rated for the probable chemicals I might encounter, if that is at all possible. What do you chemists say about this?


Depending on where you are, there could be anywhere from a few dozen to a few thousand chemicals (like where I work). We can detect for ~30 or so gases. We don't 'sample' for the liquid chems at all.

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#221773 - 04/18/11 04:13 AM Re: Office Kit [Re: acropolis5]
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Originally Posted By: acropolis5
I required a proper smoke mask or hood for my office/ brief case kit as I would need to evacuate at least five levels of interior stairways. My research evaluated filtration ( I wanted CO protection), compact size, light weight, ease of use, shelf life and cost. The winner was the (5yr) Xcaper Smoke Mask. YMMV. Usual disclaimer, I have no connection with and do not benefit from the manufacturer/retailer.


Why CO protecton?
I'm not sure you can filter CO. You need scba in an environment with high CO levels. FD's combat high CO levels by ventilating the area.

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#221779 - 04/18/11 12:45 PM Re: Office Kit [Re: MarkO]
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Originally Posted By: MarkO
Why CO protecton?
I'm not sure you can filter CO. You need scba in an environment with high CO levels. FD's combat high CO levels by ventilating the area.

Smoke contains all kinds of hazardous chemicals, any number of which can incapacitate you and prevent you from escaping a fire. However, carbon monoxide (CO) is both a potent gas and also not easily filtered like other chemicals, therefore if you want protection from CO, you need to specifically look for that capability in the products you choose.

There doesn't need to be an extremely high level of CO to cause you problems since it binds tightly to your hemoglobin and its effect quickly builds up.

There are any number of smoke hoods marketed to civilians that can protect against CO. We were just discussing smoke hoods the other day in Sue's thread here.

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#221944 - 04/19/11 09:50 PM Re: Office Kit [Re: Arney]
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Arny, from your post on Sue's thread, it appears that your research confirms that the Xcaper Smoke Mask filters/absorbs CO. I agree with your explanation as to why its important for the mask to provide CO protection.

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