Buying a Gas Mask -Things to Know

As droves of Israeli citizens line up at the post office in Israel to take their government-issued gas masks, many of us can’t help but ask the depressing question, “Should I buy a gas mask? In this article, I will do my best to clarify many questions and myths that surround one of the most iconic symbols of the survivalist movement – the gas mask. To make an educated decision about whether or not to go for a gas-mask, you should consider the following:

Not only do filters have a shelf life, but they also don’t last as long while in use as you might imagine. Most of them need to be replaced after only a few hours of use depending on the environment and the concentration of gas. First, it is not difficult to imagine the need for multiple filters per person depending on the time of exposure. Secondly, it is important to keep track of expiration dates for each filter on hand. I would suggest buying a nato gas mask.  These tend to be the most available and popular.

Not all the gas masks are created equal

Shocker, right? There are certain criteria that you need to look for when buying a gas mask. First, make sure masks and filters are rated for chemical blowing and riot control agents, designated by the CBA/RCA rating, and nuclear, biological and chemical agents, carrying the NBC rating.

Some gas masks in the market are nothing more than glorified surgical masks. While this may be enough for most of the biological threats, it’s also important that any mask and accompanying filter you purchase is certified to protect against nuclear and chemical threats as well. Be sure to discuss this with any supplier before ordering. Third-party testing is preferred.