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Santa Maria Fire Department to distribute N-95 face masks on Tuesday

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Free N-95 face masks will be distributed to the public at Santa Maria Fire stations on Tuesday, Dec. 12 due to unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire.
The masks will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. subject to availability and whether crews at a particular station need to respond to an emergency.

Distribution sites:

  • Station #1: 300 West Cook Street
  • Station #2: 416 West Carmen Lane
  • Station #3: 2305 North Preisker Lane
  • Station #4: 2637 S. College Drive
  • Station #5: 1670 East Donovan Road

When fitted properly, county health officials say N-95 masks provide some protection from the fine particles in smoke that ordinary dust masks and surgical masks do not. The N-95 masks require a tight seal to be effective. As a result, the available adult-sized masks will provide only limited protection for most children. 

Health officials say if you have persistent symptoms related to the smoke, such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest tightness, seek medical help. Those most at risk include people with chronic lung disease, pregnant women, and children, but everyone should reduce their exposure as much as possible.

To check the air quality in Santa Barbara County, click here. To check the air quality in San Luis Obispo County, click here

Health officials say these masks may be safely reused as long as they are still dry and able to create an airtight seal around the face.

Discard the mask and get a new one if:

  • It becomes wet/ soiled (sweat, mucus, etc.) 
  • It is bent out of shape and no longer able to create an air tight seal around the face

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