03/11/13 119 W - + 1 - 2 Video: Know Your Smoke


Here's your Monday morning educational video, a ten-minute video from the Fire Smoke Coalition from last year, discussing and demonstrating the effects of the "toxic twins," Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN). Starting around the 4:30 mark, a member of the Columbia Fire Department talks about their haz-mat team's research. They compiled data from about forty fires and found alarming HCN readings with even pot-on-stove calls, where the fires were extinguished by the homeowner prior to their arrival. They noted readings of 75 ppm in these "very light smoke conditions," which surprised and shocked them. (IDLH for HCN is defined as 50 ppm.) Simply, know your smoke. It can save your life.
 




...it’s what I have been preaching for a year now. All firefighters should take a look at this video and strongly consider the aspects of not wearing their SCBA in certain situations – overhaul and defensive fires in particular.

Air is free, so wear your SCBA! Let’s break down the “traditional habits” we carry with us regarding exterior fires and overhaul. In addition to HCN and CO acute exposure effects, the prevalence of firefighter cancer is on the rise and is directly attributed to toxin exposure over the years. Reduce your respiratory exposure and succeed!!
A.C. Rich - 03/11/13 - 10:26

And from the title I saw in my RSS reader here I was expecting something about the black/white smoke we’re looking for in Rome these days … :-)
Paul - 03/11/13 - 11:54



  
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