The Basics of Gas Masks
The gas mask is an item of personal protective equipment that prevents the wearer from inhaling airborne pollutants and toxic gases by forming a sealed cover over the nose and mouth. It may also cover the eyes and other vulnerable soft tissues of the face.
The mask is most effective when used in conjunction with the correct filter cartridge or filter for a particular chemical substance. There are a wide variety of filters available for different hazards, but none offers protection against all chemicals, biological, nuclear, or radiological substances. The proper fit of the mask is also critical to its effectiveness, and fitness tests can measure the level of facial seal leakage and overall protective performance.
An early model of the gas mask was developed by Black inventor Garrett Morgan, who patented his device in 1914 – a full year before Haldane began his work on the filter-based system. However, as the threat of poisonous gas attacks grew, the need for more sophisticated technology became apparent and Haldane’s research was quickly accelerated.
This military-grade mask features a compatible NBC-77 SOF CBRN filter and potassium iodide tablets to help prevent thyroid damage from fallout or excess radiation that may occur after a nuclear disaster. It has a breathable mesh head harness for long-duration wear and mounts to a tactical vest or chest rig. This kit is great to keep in your home or car for preparedness, and it’s the best way to protect yourself from dangerous chemicals if disaster strikes.