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Which face masks protect you from Wildfire Smoke particles?

With fires now burning all across the West Coast, we’ve encountered yet another need for masks that are capable of filtering particles as small as particulate matter from these fires.

Large areas out West are drowning in smoke filled skies and very deteriorated air quality as an ongoing result of this. Breathing in these particles can cause many health issues in the heart and lungs as small enough particles can actually make their way into your bloodstream.

Masks are already largely in use because of the Coronavirus pandemic and many are wondering:

With all of the different mask options such as cloth masks, surgical masks, KN95 masks, N95 masks,

Which of these masks can protect me from both wildfire smoke and Coronavirus particles?

To answer this question properly, we need to understand a few basic principles. The particle size of the most dangerous particulate matter from the wildfire smoke is between 10 and 25 microns in size. Similarly, the smallest Coronavirus particles are about 10 microns in size but can range all the up above 50 microns in some particles.

In our findings, this would mean that you would want to wear masks that have the best seal with least amount of leakage as well as the best levels of filtration. KN95 masks and N95 masks are our two favorites in accomplishing both of these.

You want to ensure the KN95’s have had qualified testing done as the ones in the link above and those test results here from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

These tests are done at a filtration level as small as 0.0075 microns so a fraction of the 0.010 microns of most of the smallest wildfire particulate or Coronavirus particles.

We recommend that we take as much precaution as possible when it comes to the air we are breathing in.

Just as you would not drink water from a dirty swamp or bad source because of the great potential consequences, we need to guard ourselves during this time from the hazards currently circulating in our air.

We highly recommend products as a trusted and reliable source for protecting yourselves. Stay safe and stay informed.  

The health effects of air pollution imperil human lives. This fact is well-documented.

Eddie Bernice Johnson