how do you properly clean a scba regulator????

i have been a firefighter for many years latley with all the swine flu stuff going around it scares me to use an scba because of fear of catching something from one of my brother firefighters... our dept does supply disinfectant wipes to clean your mask but when i asked how to clean the regulator noone can give me an answer.. so can anyone shed some light on this simple subject????? thanks rich.

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Comment by Joey "BigShow" De Piano on December 9, 2009 at 10:20pm
really unless you have the scott field cert you shouldn't but if it is a big concern its not hard.the part that clips to mask comes apart and inside is a rubber like diaphram it will more than likely look like the pink of an earaser unless really filthy. wash in warm water but be gentle with it let it dry do not use towels or anything with fibers..carefully replace it in the regulator and snap the 2 halves together ..important when you set the diaphram back in the open regulator make sure it seats EXACTLY as you found it or you will redo it and you will know instantly if its in wrong as soon as you turn o nyour air it will just blow out from regulator ..as if purge was open
Comment by pereira stanley on December 9, 2009 at 10:17pm
Regulators don't easily effected by virus--Very important is the F/Mask--dip in mild soap with little detol added in -rinse and dry--in cool place-not under direct sunlight ..
Comment by rich smith on December 8, 2009 at 8:43pm
thanx for yer comments
Comment by Mike Holden on December 8, 2009 at 8:11pm
Most SCBA's have oneway ck valves in the mask so air that is exhaled can't get to the regulator. Keep your mask clean and you should be good.
Comment by Firemedic Rob on December 8, 2009 at 7:02pm
As mentioned, check with the manufacturer for their recommendations. Regulators are frequently overlooked, so your questions is a good one.

Scotts can be immersed, rinsed and hung to dry. Isoproponol alcohol can be sprayed into the regulator and allowed to air dry.
Comment by Rick K. on December 8, 2009 at 12:25pm
Get with the mfg.of your scba's and they should be able to answer that for you!!

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