Best mask for wildfire smoke: (1) no leaking, (2) KN95 or N95 (3) activate carbn fibre to remove odors and smells June 04 2023, 0 Comments

Can wearing a mask help protect me from smoke?

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases, particles, and water vapour1. Particulate matter, particularly fine particulate matter, is the main public health concern with wildfire smoke. Like other air quality issues, a multi-layered approach is recommended to reduce the health effects of wildfire smoke1,2. Personal protective equipment like respirators (such as N95, KN95 or P100) may be used to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke but are most effective when used as part of a multi-layered approach. Other important layers include staying indoors with doors and windows closed as long as temperatures remain comfortable, cleaning indoor air, and minimizing outdoor activities.

Dust masks and medical masks (also referred to as disposable masks or surgical masks) do not offer protection against the particles or gases in wildfire smoke as they do not tightly seal around the face as properly fit respirators do. Respirators are effective for filtering fine particulate matter (as small as 0.3um), but do not protect the user from gases in wildfire smoke. Proper fit and use are critical for respirators (such as N95, KN95 or P100) to provide the level of protection expected. Users should follow the manufacturer's instructions for use, including performing a "seal check" to determine proper fit. People at increased risk of adverse effects from wildfire smoke, such as those with heart or lung problems or older adults, should consult with their health care professionals before using a respirator, as using a respirator can make breathing more difficult.​

The best mask for wildfire smoke have to meet following all conditions:

(1) no leaking, fit face

(2) KN95 or N95 filters

(3) activate carbn fibre to remove odors and smells