Protect yourself from airborne irritants
If you are in the public protection
industry, such as firefighters and police, you know the importance
of gas masks to protect you from irritants such as tear gas and
other vapors. With the threat of terrorist attacks coming in
every day it is important to have your own gas mask with the rest of
your emergency kit.
Gas masks are no different than safety
devices already common place in most homes, such as fire
extinguishers, smoke detectors, and first-aid kits. We are enabling
people to alleviate their fears by doing something smart and
productive: preparing to overcome that which they most fear.
civilian, homeland security should be a huge concern to you.
If and when there is another terrorist attack, you and your family
could be at risk for exposure to many things; such as, smoke, tear
gas, or even biological irritants like anthrax. A personal gas
mask, also called a respirator, could protect your respiratory system from being victim to
these irritants. Do not fight the crowds if a threat of
national security happens, prepare ahead and don't face the scare of
shopping only to find a sold out sign on each respirator.
Also, in the same hand, police officers
and firefighters use gas masks in their everyday line of duty of
protecting civilians. Their job comes in contact regularly
with harmful smoke and tear gases. Gas masks are a part of the
protection industry's everyday activities.
How do gas
Anytime there is a threat of biological
or chemical attack, the first thing you hear about is gas masks. Gas
masks -- more generically known as respirators -- are also an
important part of industrial safety on a daily basis. They protect
workers against everything from flour dust in a grain elevator to
the damaging organic chemicals in paint spray. Many people
think of a gas mask that only covers the nose and mouth, which is
called a half-mask gas mask or respirator, but because it may be
unknown what kind of contaminant you may be dealing with, a
half-mask may not be sufficient. A full mask is better suited
for an unknown contaminant because it also protects your eyes and
skin of your face. All gas masks work on the same concept that
air is pulled into a canister and filtered using active charcoal or
another carbon and is then pulled through the mask to your
Types of gas
masks that rely on its wearer to use their own breathing to pull the
air through the canister can be prone to leaks and therefore be
inefficient. Supplied air respirators use a battery operated
fan to pull air through the filter canister, therefore creating a
positive pressure that keeps the gas mask pulled tightly to your
face, think of consistently sucking a cup around your mouth, that is
how they work! A disadvantage is that the fan constantly is
pulling air through the filter so the filter will run out more
quickly, another is that if the batteries die, so do you.
Another style is a self contained breathing apparatus or SCBA.
These gas masks have a tank of air hooked up to the mask. The
tank is worn on your back similar to a scuba diver's. These
systems can be bulky and the tanks can run out of air in 30 to 60
minutes. Choose a gas mask respirator based upon your specific
needs. For more information go to
If you have
any questions, call us, we'll be glad to help!
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