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Boating accident oxygen-enriched fire on bass boats
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:49:48 AM »

How in the world does a bass tournament fisherman extinguish an oxygen-enriched fire on his bass boat when using livewell oxygen equipment? Bass boat salesmen never have an answer for this simple question.
Oxygen-enrichment means >23% - 99.5% oxygen gas inside a livewell, bait tank, boat locker or a boat bilge. Air contains 21% oxygen gas.
Many bass fishermen are afraid of oxygen gas and have claimed that a pressurized livewell oxygen system on a boat is really dangerous. A pressurized oxygen tank and a SCUBA air tank on a both have 2200 psi gas pressure, both tanks have specific safety rules when transported on boats that are very different than livewell oxygenators.
But, what are the rules regarding pure oxygen gas and the oxygen-enrichment gas spaces where oxygen is in use?
I find that oxygen system fire safety on bass boats is a very negative topic when talking to any bass boat salesmen . The classic response Iíve heard is, ďoxygen gas is as safe as air, air has plenty oxygen in itÖ donít worry, be happy, buy the O2 because itís really good for the bass, better than livewell supplements.
Iíve looked at several OEM bass boat O2 systems, bass boat oxygenators, oxygen tank rigs and other fishing oxygen systems that all claim capability of oxygen-enriched livewells and bait tanks. These salesmen will never mention boat fire safety when promoting their oxygen systems.

Just for funÖ. Whatís your opinion? Are these bass boat O2 systems that insure oxygen-enrichment more or less dangerous than gasoline on bass boats?


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Re: Boating accident oxygen-enriched fire on bass boats
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 06:56:54 AM »

I don't think the oxygenators are a problem, as far as where the tank is stored for a pressurized system it would depend on where the tank is stored. If the tank is stored and the lines aren't running through the bilge or gas tank areas it shouldn't be a problem but it would have to be very securely tied down so it doesn't become an unguided missile in an accident.
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