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 I’ve heard is, “oxygen gas is as safe as air, air has plenty oxygen in it… don’t worry, be happy, buy the O2 because it’s really good for the bass, better than livewell supplements.
I’ve 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 fun…. What’s your opinion? Are these bass boat O2 systems that insure oxygen-enrichment more or less dangerous than gasoline on bass boats?