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post #8 of Old 01-27-2009
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Make sure whatever you use won't absorb water. As far as toxicity goes, I don't think it is really that much of a concern. If your boat is on fire, you need to get off the boat. And when you think about all the fiberglass, resin, cushions and ather stuff aboard (that give off toxic fumes when burnt) a little foam isn't really going to make much of a difference. If you really are worried about toxic fumes in a fire, you need to get rid of all your cushions and mattresses on board. When burnt in a closed space, in addition to giving off carbon monoxide they also produce a cyanide gas (which I have personally seen someone poisoned from). You don't see anyone throwing them away though, so a little styrafoam in the ceiling isn't that big of a deal.
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