Purifying foldable respirator.
Purifying foldable respirator.
Buy Masks | Buy Face Masks OnlineHow to use face mask correctly
Disposable face masks are designed to protect the wearer from inhaling dangerous bacteria and from spreading bacteria they may already be infected with. There are multiple types of face masks available to purchase, each offering varying degrees of protection. They only work, however, when they are worn correctly and disposed of responsibly.
Some general guidance is outlined below, but always follow the product manufacturer’s instructions before opening the package and putting on the mask.
Before putting on your respiratory protective gear, you should first wash your hands with soap and water before touching the mask. Wash your hands thoroughly and for about 30 seconds, lathering the soap evenly over your whole hand. Once your hands are clean and dry – use a disposable paper towel to dry your hands – remove the medical face mask from the box.
Before you wear a mask, inspect the mouth mask for signs of tearing or wear. If there are no signs of tears or small holes, then hold the mask with the stiff edge pointing toward your forehead. This stiff edge contains the bendable material that you can shape to fit snugly over the bridge of your nose, completely covering both your nose and mouth. If your surgical mask has ear loops then loop them over your ears, ensuring that your face is covered completely. Each breath should be drawn through the cloth face coverings so if you can breathe through the side of your mask then it does not fit snugly enough, and you should replace it with a smaller fit before entering a public setting.
For the KN95 respirator, follow the same procedure as before, using either the ties or the ear loops to secure the air filter mask to your face. Please also note that you may require slightly more energy at first to breathe normally through the exhalation valves in this type of mask. The N95 range of respirators contain within them a dense air filter which is designed to reduce your chances of contracting respiratory illnesses while you are wearing it. The mask protects against the inhalation of fine airborne particles as well as bacteria and smoke pollution, offering you much stronger protection than other types of masks. Buy masks from the P2/N95 range to protect against the inhalation of 95% solid particulates and non-petroleum based liquid.
If you have facial hair, ensure that the mask sits firmly against your face and that there are no gaps around the edge of the mask through which you may inhale unfiltered air.
The design of the N95 mask resembles that of a duckbill. This design is the most intuitive form to be worn comfortably over the face without affecting sight or hearing ability. Despite it being the most intuitive design, they are not always found comfortable to wear by all people so ensure you are prepared for some discomfort if you are wearing one for the first time.
How long can you wear a face mask?
When you buy masks online, check whether they are disposable or washable/reusable. Most N95 face masks can be worn for up to 8 hours but ensure you check the manufacturer’s instructions for more specific details on how long you can wear it. A general rule of thumb you can also follow is that if the inner lining of the mask becomes moist then it is time to replace your face mask. Dispose of it in your trash safely and then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer to remove any trace germs you may have picked up in handling the mask.
Disposable masks should not be worn for longer than a few hours and never reused after they have been worn. If you must remove your respiration mask, then do not reapply it. Dispose of it in the garbage bin, wash your hands again and apply a fresh mask.
Face masks are worn regularly by health care workers to help protect them against contracting dangerous bacteria and to help them prevent the spread of bacteria they may have. When you wear a quality mask properly, the particles you breathe out will get trapped within the mask’s filter and you will also minimising your chances of breathing in airborne pollutants.
When you buy masks to help protect you and your family against spreading and contracting dangerous germs, you’re taking a positive step in the fight against community transmission of illnesses. To maximise your protection, couple your face mask with a strict personal hygiene procedure where you regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap, use hand sanitiser with an ethanol content of at least 60% and maintain social distancing.
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