THE “MIDGET” SMOKE PROTECTOR.
The “ Midget” smoke protector, manufactured by A. W. Dolfini & Co., of this city, will do much towards increasing the efficiency of the fireman and making his calling less hazardous. It has stood several very severe tests and has been heartily indorsed by prominent fire chiefs throughout the United States and adopted by several first-class fire departments. At a recent test given in the Brooklyn Navy Yard,in presence of Commander Miller and other members of the board of docks and yards, a man wearing a “ Midget” respirator entered a wooden shed built for the occasion and filled with rags, paper, tar. and kerosene, all of which, when set fire to, produced a dense, suffocating smoke. He stayed inside for twenty minutes, while others,including a member of the board, who tried to force their way in were driven back. On his coming out he was examined by a physician, who certified that he had suffered no ill effects and that his condition was perfectly normal. The “Midget” consists of a shield made of fine wire, cloth, and rubber. The wire screen is strapped across the mouth and the rubber fits closely over the nose. All air taken into the lungs must come through a damp sponge, which act as a filter, and is fastened on the outside of the screen. When air is exhaled,it passes upwards and opens the rubber appliance which fits over the nose, but which closes as soon as process of exhalation is finished. There are also goggles, made especially for the purpose,which fit tightly over the eyes, thus preventing smoke from entering them. Simplicity, cheapness, compactness, and inability to get out of order are some of the Midget’s ” good features. It needs no recharging or refilling and is always ready for use. All that is necessary is to dampen the sponge; then the apparatus is ready for use.