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Gas Masks vs. Respirators: Key Differences Can Save Your Life — 2 Comments

  1. I’m a mother who would like to just prepare my family. I can’t afford a lot but I want a mask that will be CBRN. What would you suggested that between Israeli gas mask or MIRA safety CM-6M? Help please

    • Most likely, unless you have a highly unusual situation, you don’t need a full CBRN mil-spec mask. First, it’s very unlikely you will be the victim of a gas or chemical attack. If you are in a situation where there is a high potential for this, you need to move. There is no effective way to protect your family from such an attack (everyone would need to carry their PPE – which includes far more than just a mask – with them 24/7 and be able to don it in 30 seconds or less; difficult to do for the military, effectively impossible for a family with children).

      Second, a mask doesn’t protect your from radioactive and nuclear threats beyond the inhalation of radioactive particles. Which is important, but can be accomplished with simple eye protection and an N95 mask.

      Third, a biological event, such as a pandemic, can be mitigated with an N95 or N100 respirator and social distancing (SD). SD is mocked by a lot of people, but trust me, when the next pandemic we have involves a highly virulent avian flu, people will be staying the heck away from each other.

      In short, all you really need to protect yourself from CBRN events is eye protection (goggles), a supply of N95/100 respirators, and decontamination supplies. Gloves and other PPE are also helpful, but the first step is knowledge. Learn what these events are, how they happen, and how you can protect yourself from them. This current pandemic, although a relatively low-impact event, should be a great learning experience for operating in this kind of environment.

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