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Using gas masks and protective hoods

What does the government recommend as to the use of gas masks or protective hoods? Why doesn't DHS include information on gas masks and hoods as part of its recommendations?

The use of gas masks and hoods by the public during a chemical threat is not recommended due to legitimate safety concerns. Improper use of masks and hoods as well as a false sense of security as to their effectiveness could pose a threat to public safety.

For example, it is difficult to obtain a proper seal with the mask if you have facial hair such as a beard or long sideburns. Protective masks do not fit small children.

Note: Studies are ongoing and technology is evolving in the area of protective masks and hoods. We will continue to update the public as new products and information become available.

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Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:03