NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2013
Contact: Tom Shanahan
Public Information Officer
Free N95 Respirator Masks Available in Wood River Valley
Air quality in the Wood River Valley is starting to improve; however, public health officials would like to remind all residents to pay attention to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality reports and forecasts to determine if the air quality is safe.
N95 Respirator Mask
If the air quality reaches unhealthy levels and Wood River Valley residents must be outside, it is recommended they use a N95 respirator mask to help protect against wildfire smoke. Paper dust masks commonly found at hardware stores do not protect against wildfire smoke. There are supplies of FREE N95 respirator masks available to the public at locations listed below, along with recommendations on using them.
Along with the masks, public health officials offer the following recommendations for protection from wildfire smoke:
Wood River Valley Locations for Free N95 Respirator Masks
It is important to properly use the N95 respirator mask. Guidance for use includes:
Before using a respirator mask, remember the respirators: