* 2018 was one of the worst years in recorded history for wildfires
* Air pollution in California has risen dramatically
* Five masks to help protect your lungs from smoke and ash
While the rest of the country is facing the first frosts of winter, California is embedded in an ongoing war of wildfire. 2018 will likely go down as the worst year in history in terms of forest fires, and if you live in the sunny state, chances are you’ve noticed a change in the air quality.
The abundance of smoke and ash is not only unsettling, it’s bad for your health. If you’re worried about breathing the elements, here are five masks to help protect your lungs when you’re outdoors. These masks are also great for protection against pollen and other seasonal allergens that contribute to hay fever.
1. N99 Mask (12-Pack) Protect Against Allergens
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved, this pack fo 12 masks help you breath easier indoors and out. The disposable anti-dust makes are soft and unobtrusive, so you can wear them for hours on end without getting antsy.
2. Disposable Dust Mask w/Carbon Filter
This pack of 20 (yes, 20!) comes with a built-in carbon filter, which is sure to help you breath easier. Suitable for use outside and inside, these masks are NIOSH approved and 100% disposable.
3. 3M Particulate Respirator
Sold in packs of 10, these respirator masks are designed to help protect your lungs against non-oil-based air particles. Featuring soft inner material and an adjustable nose clip, these makes can be made to fit all face types.
4. AMSTON N99 Disposable Dust Masks 10 pack
This pack of 10 NIOSH-certified masks are 100% disposable and are made to help protect your lungs against harmful dust and dirt. Made with incredibly flexible material, you’ll forget you’re wearing a mask.
5. 3M Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve
While these masks were designed for painters and sanders on construction sites, they’re a great option to help keep out harmful dust and smoke particles too. This pack of 10 features an m-shaped nose clip and Cool FlowValve, which helps reduce heat and moisture.