|Dee Ashley |
Location: DFW, Texas
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|Re: Stormceptors... what are they?|
< Reply # 11 on 8/3/2017 12:16 AM >
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This question has pretty much been answered. I just wanted to throw out there that until a few years ago, I didn't appreciate just how dangerous these confined spaces - drains and mines in particular - can be. I had this erroneous idea in my head that the "bad air" was akin to lack of oxygen, which I also erroneously thought would result in having to fight off asphyxiation long enough to get to an exit. Basically, I thought if you could hold your breath long enough, you could save yourself. I didn't understand that it's probably not going to be a lack of oxygen that kills myself or anyone else due to asphyxiating, but a much more rapid, incapacitating, and lethal dose of poisonous air. Even worse, this "bad air" is often odorless, like carbon dioxide for example. I've never encountered a "stormceptor" personally, but I would think that something like that would have a higher probability of collecting these toxic gases within their chambers, which means that they should be avoided whenever possible. Enough dangers already exist without increasing the odds against you.
I wanted to throw that out there in case anyone new to drains or mines on this site has the same misconception that I did.
Below is another similar article to the one earlier in the thread. This one is from earlier this year in Florida and also includes several rescue personal that were injured trying to save the doomed workers underground. These guys have tons of special training and equipment to deal with this stuff and they still died.
The really sobering part of this article is that only one man was initially exposed to the lethal gas. Every other victim was a would-be rescuer of the first man.
I wandered till the stars went dim.
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