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Protect Yourself from Kincade Fire Smoke With a Tight-Fitting Respirator

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As the Kincade Fire rages on, California residents have started breaking out their dust and surgical masks for smoke protection. However, that begs the question: are surgical and dust masks enough to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke exposure? Well, according to the California Department of Public Health, not in the slightest. California residents in smoke danger hotspots should really wear full-blown respirators (like those used by painters).

In fact, according to an advisory from The California State Department of Public Health:

“Dust masks and surgical masks cannot offer a sufficient level of protection from particles during wildfire conditions or the cleanup process. Surgical masks are primarily designed to prevent biological particles from being expelled by the wearer into the environment.” California Department of Public Health

What Types of Respirators Protect Against Wildfire Smoke?

Typically, if you stick with a respirator called either “P100” or “N95,” then you should be good to go. However, the advisory only recommends these masks for limited exposure. If you plan to be outside for extended periods, then you really should get yourself a respirator (like this one)

The state Department of Public Health issued a safety advisory regarding wildfire smoke that state

“If you must be outside for extendeed periods of time in smoky air or in an ash-covered area, you may benefit from using a tight-fitting respirator to reduce your exposure. If you are experiencing adverse effects from breathing in a smoky enviroment, even indoors, you may benefit from using a tight-fitting respirator.” – California State Department of Public Health

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