|A Gas Mask Could Save Your Life!|
In the event of chemical or biological attack, would you prepared? The chemical absorbent in gas masks, which works like a sponge for chemicals, could potentially save your life! Keep in mind, however, that the experts point out that there's more to using a gas mask than just putting it on. It's important to receive proper training and maintenance.
A gas mask is a device that is worn to reduce the amount of contamination in the air that you breathe. There are different types. Some cover your nose and mouth; some cover your entire face; and some positive air systems have hoods. All gas masks have filters.
According to Stephen Rose, author of The Coming Explosion of Silent Weapons, there are two reasons the U.S. Government has not issued gas masks to its citizens. One, because the issue is too unsavory and difficult to handle, especially in time of peace. The leaders of the country do not want to alarm the citizens with this threat. Two, politicians who approve and vote on the budget would have a hard time voting for an 80 billion dollar expense (which is what Rose estimates it would cost to supply every citizen of the United States with a gas mask and protective gear) to fight a heretofore invisible threat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking to expand its capacity for fit testing avian influenza emergency response personnel for the N95 respirator mask in the event of a wide-scale outbreak. If an animal health emergency such as avian influenza H5N1 occurs in U.S. poultry populations, the mobilization of substantial numbers of personnel to manage the emergencies is the responsibility of APHIS. In the past, those emergencies have been strictly livestock or poultry disease issues.
Avian influenza poses a threat to poultry and wild birds, but it is also capable of infecting a small number of people working in close contact with infected birds (i.e. processors, producers and animal health emergency responders). It is estimated that many veterinary personnel and other responders would be needed to eradicate this disease, should it appear in America. APHIS may request assistance from the fire fighting community to identify fit testing equipment and personnel to ensure more than adequate surge capacity in the event of a worst case scenario.
The N95 respirator masks are indicated for use in an avian influenza environment. The equipment required for those tests as prescribed by the APHIS medical officer is the TSI PortaCount Respiration Fit Test Unit with the N95 Companion Unit for that mask.
Please note: gas masks are not returnable