Each morning when I wake up I begin my research by looking at relevant news stories that could effect a persons health and try to find a way to help find an answer to that problem so we can all be protected. When I saw a news story saying that the Syrian Rebels* claiming that the Syrian Government have used chemical weapons against the civilian population. When information like this comes out people begin panic buying items to protect themselves. It is like Agent K said in Men in Black “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it”. For example, when gun control legislation come in to the national discussion gun sales go up and when chemical weapons are being used on civilians half a world away I am sure the stock in gas masks will see a rise because decent hard working people who just want to protect their family will panic buy whatever they can get their hands on.
The problem is the average person has no clue as to how to use one properly. When you buy your gas mask you should seek professional instruction so you can use it to the highest effectiveness; you will need to run drills to get the mask on quickly, change filters while wearing it and use to your fullest advantage. I also suggest buying a new production mask rather than a surplus military piece, 40/50/60 year old technology is not what you should look to if you are worried about chemical weapons. If you want to know more about if a gas mask is the right call for you check out the like below.
(Final note: NEVER use a gas mask in a nuclear attack, the filters act as a collector for the radioactive particles and stores them right next to your face and throat exposing you to extreme amounts of radiation.)
*Syrian Rebels = terrorist dirt bags and have no affiliation with this American Rebel
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