Don’t Forget Your Gas Mask
By Adelia Ladson
When you’re heading out after SHTF, don’t forget your gas mask! Whether you are bugging-out or sheltering-in-place, you should have a gas mask to protect yourself from any after-effects of a catastrophe. It will protect your face, eyes and respiratory system against chemicals and debris in the air or biological agents that are harmful or even deadly. There’s no way to predict when having a gas mask is the difference between life and death.
Where Can I Get One?
Gas masks that are like new or gently used can be found at military surplus retailers and online. They are generally from a variety of different nations’ armies and vary in size and shape. There are gas masks that have screw-on can filter systems, gas masks with cheek filter systems, gas masks with one large viewfinder and gasmasks with two round eye-pieces. The common features are that each mask is built with full-face coverage and protective eye lenses to protect you against gases, vapors and aerosols.
Russian Civilian GP-5 Gas Mask
If you are looking for the ultimate protection in a gas mask, our Russian Civilian GP-5 Gas Mask is it. Not only are you getting full-face coverage, but it gives you entire head coverage with its “shower cap” design. Built specifically for the civilian population, it is lightweight and easy to manage, which is extremely important when things are happening quickly, and time is of the essence. It uses a screw-on 40mm canned filter cartridge. This really is the best gas mask choice for supplying every one of your family members with one.
Polish MP5 Gas Mask
The Polish MP5 Gas Mask is a more modern style of gas mask and it features a drinking tube system. The face of the mask is made of black plastic, and it has one large view-finder. The absorption mount is located at the bottom of the mask and there is also a voice diaphragm. The mask is designed for an FP-5 filter (NATO standard thread) and other filters with NATO standard threads can also be used. It comes in a heavy-duty vinyl transport bag with multiple pockets and two nylon webbing straps with MOLLE compatible clip hooks. It also comes in tan.
Czech M10 Gas Mask
The main advantage of the Czech M10 Gas Mask is that it’s a little more compact than the rest. The filter system is on each side of the mask instead of protruding out of the front like the screw-on can filters. It is a full face mask with adjustable straps and the larger eye goggles are replaceable. The cheek filters fit snugly on the inside of each side of the mask. Included with the mask are spare eye goggles and cheek filters filter.
Ready Hour Fire Evacuation Mask
I’ve included the Ready Hour Fire Evacuation Mask, here, even though its not the traditional gas mask. However, it is an important protective mask to consider for your home. In the event of a fire at your home, it allows you more time to safely get away from the smoke, gas, heat and fumes. It has an air filter that blocks the smoke or fumes for up to 60 minutes and a heat-resistant hood keeps you safe from radiant heat. It also has a clear visor that protects your eyes from smoke and heat and the reflective construction will help first responders see you. The fire mask will fit adults and children as young as four-years-old and it has a five-year shelf-life.
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