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N-95 face mask distribution for Tuesday

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An Air Quality Warning remains in effect for Santa Barbara County on Tuesday with monitoring stations recording unhealthy air and high levels of fine particles. Poor visibility is also expected in some areas of the county.

Free N-95 face masks will be distributed Tuesday at the following locations:

  • Costco in the Camino Real Marketplace, 7095 Market Place Drive in Goleta, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Franklin Community Center, 1136 East Montecito Street in Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Lompoc Home Depot, 1701 East Ocean in Lompoc, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Buellton CVS, 218 E. Highway 246 in Buellton, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (ask store staff)
  • Santa Maria Fire Department, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 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 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

If you have persistent symptoms related to the smoke, such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest tightness, health officials say you should 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

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