Safety Concerns Regarding Full-Faced Snorkel Masks
Currently full-faced snorkel masks are on the limelight over their safety. But are the full-faced snorkel masks safe? Since they were launched in 2015, they have turned out to be the most famous snorkel masks for first-time snorkelers. Even though they have been promoted for how easy they are easy to use compared to the conventional snorkel tubes, there are many safety issues raised about them.
A full-faced snorkel mask has an 180-degree field of vision that allows a person to see underwater. It also has an air tube attached to the float valve to stop water from rushing in the mask. Inside the mask, you will find a breathing tube that allows snorkelers to breathe as they swim facing down on the surface of the water.
Before the full face snorkel masks were manufactured, comprehensive research was conducted. The costs of these masks range from $65 to $135. Ever since these masks were launched, there have been unscrupulous companies manufacturing fake masks whose prices range from $35 to $75.
The primary safety concern is the potential for water rushing in. If the lid of the full face snorkel mask is damaged, water can enter and flood the mask in a split of a second. For a child, this can be a terrifying thing since they are unable to breathe or see properly. The only way out is to poke your head out of the water and allow the water to drain to the bottom. And if the snorkel straps were tightly tied, the kid might not remove it on time. For this reason, it is good to guide your child on how to use the full face snorkel mask before you head out to explore the underwater world.
Another safety concern is the likelihood of carbon dioxide building up within the mask. While every mask has a dead air space where all air breathed out stagnates and ought to be deflated by the snorkeler once they hit the fresh air region, there is a concern that those masks that have larger air spaces encourage the buildup of carbon dioxide. A lot of carbon dioxide intake by the snorkeler can leave them short of breath due to the negative pulmonary edema.Negative pulmonary edema comes after the snorkeler over breaths inside the mask, and this causes the fluid to enter the alveoli within the lungs. As such, all full face masks manufacturer should adhere to the breathing resistance standard referred to as EN250.
With the numerous snorkeling-related deaths been recorded across the world, these full face masks are been analyzed. Some experts are now examining how these full face snorkel masks can cause death.