How to Properly Wear a Respirator

What is a respirator?
Specially designed air filters worn on the face called respirators can offer some protection. Respirators must be fitted, tested and properly worn to protect against wildfire smoke particulates. Gases are not filtered by all respirators.   

Additional Information on Proper Respirator Use:
  • Paper "comfort" or "dust" masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke.
  • Have a supply of NIOSH N95 or P100 respirators and learn how to use them. They are sold at many home improvement stores, some pharmacies, and online.
  • Respirators are not a good tool for everyone. Talk with your medical provider if you have heart and/or respiratory health conditions. 
  • Adult respirators are not made for children. 
  • Respirators may only provide some protection and should only be used after first implementing other, more effective methods of exposure reduction:
    • Staying indoors, reduce activity, and use HEPA air cleaners to reduce overall smoke exposure.
    • Sensitive individuals should temporary relocate out of the smoky area if possible.

The material contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The information on this website is NOT intended to diagnose, treat or substitute for professional medical advice. Those with medical conditions or sensitivities to smoke should seek the advice of a licensed medical provider. If individuals need more information, they should consult a medical professional.

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