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Gas Masks

The best selection of gas masks

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.

General Information...

First Response

As a 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 masks work?

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 respiratory system.

Types of gas masks..

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 respirators.

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