How to wear an N95 Respirator

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Learn how to use a respirator properly. Above is the presentation
by the best disposable N95 respirator by 3M.

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    your pandemic mask as the oils will interfere with the N95's
    ability to help protect you from contagion.

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Happy endings...
Now you know all about wearing and removing your N95 respirator
and can sleep better at night. Wearing an N95 respirator properly
can save your life. There are many kinds of filtering masks you can
wear to protect your lungs from airborne particles and now you
know that not all respirators were created equally. An N95 is a
great mask to have on hand for a
pandemic or outbreak, such as
Coronavirus where an ordinary surgical mask won't protect you.
They are much cheaper and more readily available when the
population is healthy. Stock up before you need them.

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Above, the manufacturer neglects to instruct you to wash hands
before touching the respirator. You may otherwise bring
contagion from your hands directly into your mouth and nostrils.

Step 3: Position the N95 mask.
PWith clean hands, hold and press the respirator against your
nose and mouth. Place the respirator over your nose and mouth
so that the open side is towards your face and the metal nose
piece facing upwards.

Step 4: Pull the straps over your head (not the ears).
Locate the upper strap across the crown of the head and the
lower strap below your ears. The straps must not be twisted.

  • Pre-stretch the straps to ensure they're not twisted.
  • Pull the bottom strap over your head and position it at the
    neck, blow the ears.
  • Pull the bottom strap over your head so that it rests on the
    crown of your head

Step 5: Mould and adjust the nose clip.
Use both hands to mould the nose clip around the nose to ensure
a close fit and a good seal. The nose clip helps ensure a better,
custom fit.

Step 6: Do a pressure check
Proper fit is important. Fit testing of N95 respirators is a
requirement for employment conditions for use under the OHSA
Regulations (CSA Standard CSA-Z94.4).Test the fitness of your
N95 mask by covering the front of the respirator with both hands
taking care not to disturb its fit.

Positive pressure check (exhale):
  • With your hands completely over the respirator exhale.
  • The respirator should bulge slightly, but if air leaks you must
    reposition the facemask.
  • If you can not achieve a proper seal you do not have viable
    protection and you will risk injury or death.

Negative pressure check (inhale):
  • With your hands completely over the respirator inhale.
  • The respirator should collapse slightly, but if air leaks you
    must reposition the facemask.
  • Again, if you can't achieve a proper seal, do not enter the
    contaminated area.

Step 7: Determine if the mask works.
If after working to wear the respirator you determine there's a
flaw, that it's soiled or that it doesn't fit

N95 masks are not for everyone:
  • N95 masks are not the proper fit for children.
  • N95 masks are not designed for people with facial hair.
  • N95 masks can make it more difficult for people with chronic
    respiratory issues to breathe
  • People who have cardiac or other medical conditions should
    consult their physicians for alternatives

Other considerations:
  • Do not take off the mask while in exposed areas.
  • Do not share facemasks.
  • Use the mask only once. You'll need a new mask after
    removing your current mask if you need to take a drink.
  • Never use essential oils with your respirator.
  • Some respirators are only intended for US occupational
    workplace use. They are for bagging, grinding, sanding,
    sawing, sweeping, woodworking, and other dusty
    applications, as well as wildfire smoke inhalation.
  • Have latex allergies? The valved particulate N95 masks,
    right, is NIOSH-approved and contains no natural rubber
    latex components.
  • Misuse may result in illness or death!

Step 8: Discard properly.
To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a zip-locked
plastic bag and put it in the trash. Alternatively use a contagion
bag in extreme conditions. Finally, be sure to wash your hands
after handling the used respirator!

The directions above may seem overwhelming but the procedure
really is simple and a respirator could save your life.

What's the best N95 respirator?
As we've discussed the best respirators will have:
  • A breathing valve for exhalation.
  • A metal clip to fit the bridge of your nose.
  • Straps that fit over your head (no ear loops).
  • Name-brand recognition.
  • Made in America on the packaging.
  • NIOSH-approved labeling.

What's a NIOSH-approved mask?
A NIOSH-approved N95 is the correct mask to order because it
protects the wearer by fully overing the mouth. An N95 mask will
help prevent inhalation of airborne germs, but they aren't a
totally fail-proof method. The are still your best bet if you have a
proper fit and it is not loose on the sides and have an 80%
efficacy rate. Skip to step six to learn how to use the N95 mask

An N95 mask helps block the greatest number of airborne germs
and is the best method for preventing the virus from getting into
your mouth and nose because it's disposable. They restrict air
intake and are difficult to wear all day, but not impossible.

An N95 mask has limitations — for example, it will not protect
you against gases, vapors or small solid particles of smoke.

  • Note: Gas masks are not the first option for Coronavirus,
    though a gas mask can help in a pandemic situation. Though
    you may be able to find a gas mask with a virus filter, you
    risk accidentally infecting your gas mask in reusing it
    because gas masks are not intended for being disposable.
    Also, gas masks are intended for short periods of wear.

Wear goggles and N95 Mask
Both an N95 respirator and goggles are necessary for protecting
nose, mouth & eyes from 2019-nCoV droplets (coughs and
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Above, Dr. Li Wenliang, who died allegedly detained for warning
the world about Coronavirus, was not wearing goggles or an N95
with a valve.

Who should wear an N95 mask?
Anyone working in a hospital or living near and epicenter of an
outbreak should wear N95 respirators.  There are many kinds of
facemasks including surgical, isolation, dental or medical
procedure masks and they each have different functions.

Why do you need an N95 mask?
Healthcare professionals need N95 masks because respiratory
aerosols can be generated by suctioning and other procedures.

Airborne illness with precaution include:
  • Tuberculosis (bacteria that usually attacks the lungs), but
    they can also damage other parts of the body, spreads by
    airborne droplets.
  • Measles
  • Chicken pox have

What do manufacturers forget to tell you about the N95
Manufacturers skip the most important step of washing
your hands. They also forget to tell you not to take off your mask
until you're safely away from the contagion.  

Below is a video on the proper use of respirators...
N95 Respirators
Prepper's guide to wearing and removing N95 respirators

How to use an N95 Respirator.
It's better to be prepared than scared and err on the side of
caution, so go ahead and stock up on N95 respirators while
supplies last (and before the price is even further through the
roof). An N95 respirator could save your life, but for it to save
your life you need to have a supply and know how to wear this
important pandemic equipment — as well as how remove an N95
mask properly to ensure a proper fit with no air leaks.

If worn properly, an N95, N99 or N100 respirator can help block
large-particles that may contain viruses and bacteria. Facemasks
also help reduce exposure to saliva. It's important to know that
these masks do NOT provide complete protection, only up to
95%, 99% or 100% if worn properly.

Ensure safe use of your N95 mask and be sure to get the right
kind for your family's survival! Below is a prepper's guide for how
to wear an N95 respirator...

How to Use an N95 Respirator
Minimize the impact of Coronavirus or another global health
emergencies by taking the proper precautions, such as wearing an
N95 respirator and a pair of goggles. Below is a guide for
preppers on the best N95 respirators how to wear them properly.

How to wear and remove N95 respirators:

Step 1: Select an N95 mask with a respirator valve.
To use an N95 respirator properly you must first have the best
respirator available. By the time a virus outbtreak is labeled as a
pandemic these N95 masks will be in extremely limited supply or
perhaps not at all available. Order now in anticipation of wider
shortages later and
learn about all kinds of respirators.

For prepping purposes, look for an N95 mask with a valve, as
pictured in the NIOSH-approved N95 respirator right. A valve
helps reduce heat build-up inside the respirator, which enhances
comfort during longer jobs and helps the wearer breathe easier.

What is an N95 mask?
An N95 respirator is a personal protective equipment that
protects against certain airborne contaminants. An N95 mask is  
only one part of an infection-control strategy. They are not for
use for asbestos, arsenic, cadmium, lead for example. It also
does not provide oxygen.

The typical N95 respirators on the market are for changing drywall
or sanding a floor, but these valuable and life-saving respirators
also can help filter poor air quality after large-scale fires and can
guard against certain pathogens. They are a disposable device to
help create a physical barrier between the nose and mouth of the
wearer and the contagion.

An N95 mask, if worn properly, can effectively prevent harmful
pollutants such as non-ferrous metals and heavy metals, and
block harmful substances such as glass fiber and asbestos. They
are extremely useful also during outbreaks and pandemics.

An N95 mask must fit you well and cover your entire nose and
mouth. There are different sizes and models of respirators that
can help you prevent respiratory illnesses such as

Important features of an N95 mask:

  • Valve: The valve serves to make breathing easier because it
    releases the warm, moist air. An exhalation valve is ideal for
    hot and humid environments or for long periods of wear. The
    valve is necessary for best exhalation. This helps lower the
    temperature inside the respirator and this helps to keep heat
    from building up inside.

  • Noseclip: Look for a brand with an adjustable noseclip
    because it helps provide a custom, secure seal. An
    adjustable nose clip reduces potential for eyewear fogging
    and helps ensure a better seal and fit overall.

  • Over-the-head straps (no earloops). Ensure the masks
    you select go over the head (and do not loop over the ears).
    Straps that secure around your head will help ensure the cup
    of the mask has a proper seal from contagion. Much of China
    is using the wrong masks. This earloop mask, pictured
    immediate right, also does NOT have the air valve that it
    advertises. The air valve is important.

  • NIOSH-approved: The best of N95 masks are NIOSH-
    approved N95 particulate respirators. An N95 respirator
    provides at least 95% filtration efficiency against solid and
    liquid aerosols that do NOT contain oil. A NIOSH-approved
    respirator is officially approved and certified by the National
    Institute for Occupational Safety and Health under the U.S.
    Department of Health and Human Services. It has a NIOSH
    Testing and Certification  approval number.

  • Latex free. People who have allergies will need to get an
    N95 particulate respirator with a valve that is latext free.
    The Honeywell Sperian respirator, right has a humidity-
    resistant filter media and exhalation valve and is latex free.

  • Country of origin: The country of origin is subject to change,
    but generally you should avoid N95 masks made in China for
    quality control reasons (fakes on the market) and because
    the packaging may risk exposure to someone who has virus
    during shipment. The 3M Cool Flow N95 respirators (have
    been in short supply during Coronavirus) are made in the
    United States, but they are made with globally soured

  • N99 or N100 respirators. Another option to look for is an
    N99 or N100 respirator with a plastic valve in the front. The
    N99 offers at least 99%filtration efficiency against solid and
    liquid aerosols that do not contain oil.  For purposes of this
    guide, we will reference all as an N95 respirator.

Step 2:  Wash your hands before wearing the mask.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions, but know that
these manufacturers leave an important detail off their
instructions and they also don't share with you proper procedures
for disposal of potentially contagious respirators. Namely, they
forget to tell you to wash your hands!

Wash your hands carefully before putting on your N95 respirator
combatting coronavirus or other pandemic.
This is the most important and overlooked step on how to wear
an N95 respirator is to wash your hands. This step is also
overlooked when manufacturers provide instructions for use:
Latex- free valved particulate N95 Respirator
The mask above has no valve
and is NOT recommended for
Honeywell Sperian Latex-free N95 respirator
3M Respirator
Biohazard and quarantine
The mask above has earloops,
which will NOT provide a tight
fight. It also has no valve so it's
is NOT recommended for
protecting against Coronavirus.
3M N95 Respirators
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