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Old 10-26-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Nitro Fumes are usually strong at indoor nitro tracks. Are there any negative effects to prolonged exposure to the exhaust fumes. My theory is yes. I base this on my on personal experience which is a nasty taste in my mouth after I marshal and a all day runny nose the following day. Indoor 1/8th scale is fun. I don't want to give it up. Would a 3m respirator face mask work. I know I would look pretty crazy, but it's better than the day after hangover.
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an indoor nitro track without a good ventilation/exhuast is not very good for your health and will have a long term effect. i dont think a regular 3m mask will cut it though. a gas mask will do but you will look silly and not very comfortable.
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Fuel has been known to cause cancer in California.
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Along with glow plugs and suspention arms!
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If the respirator is rated for chemical fumes and has an activated charcoal filter then it would help. The same type of respirator you would use in a body/paint shop working with lacquers.
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So has living there
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At indoor races you ahve to be careful, cause you can get a thing called nitro burn. Feels just like your face would have been slightly sunburnt, especially evident at night when your about to go to sleep you will feel your face is hot.
Runny noses are common as well. Depends on how good the ventilation is.
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This is good to know. I thought I was the only person with a nitro hangover. Maybe it will turn me into a super hero
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I race nitro indoors and besides the noise (earplugs for the win) I think the fumes do have an effect on me. My track has a super suction system to pull the air out but the fumes still are pungent enough to saturate my clothes. I'm a nonsmoker so I can really smell the fumes/nitro residue/dirt on me and my car when I get outside the track area. My friend and I have discussed the next day effects like runny noses and the fact that sometimes we feel lethargic. I have no doubt it's unhealthy to expose yourself to it on a race day.

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Chemical or couch engineers,

Nitro Fumes are usually strong at indoor nitro tracks. Are there any negative effects to prolonged exposure to the exhaust fumes. My theory is yes. I base this on my on personal experience which is a nasty taste in my mouth after I marshal and a all day runny nose the following day. Indoor 1/8th scale is fun. I don't want to give it up. Would a 3m respirator face mask work. I know I would look pretty crazy, but it's better than the day after hangover.
You know why I won't do indoor nitro OFF ROAD now, right....? However, if they are going to do 1/8th nitro on road....I might want to take a risk.
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