Face masks are all over the news these days, with countless photos of fearful eyes peering over blue surgical masks. You'd think they were the new fashion accessory, like going clubbing while wearing a Biore Nose Strip.
I'm not going to start wearing one all the time--that's just a little too paranoid even for me. But I did check my CERT gear to ensure I had one ready.
The best N95 mask is the 3M 9211 Disposable N95 Respirator.
This specific mask model is the one I use in my kits for the following reasons:
The real differentiator for the 3M 9211 mask is that it folds flat. Here are some snaps of an individual mask:
I've worn these a lot, when painting the house or cutting the concrete retaining wall blocks in the yard. The 3-fold design means they fit pretty well unlike the molded half-dome masks, and when you're done you can fold it up and put it back in its wrapper, back into the toolbox.Posted by jameshom at April 29, 2009 11:20 AM | TrackBack