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Looking to protect your lungs from the wildfire smoke? Not all masks are created equal

Aerial footage shows 'unbelievable conditions' as Creek Fire burns in LA

A rapidly growing fire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest destroyed 30 homes on December 5, the LA Times reported. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency and evacuation orders were in place. Aerial footage of th
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A rapidly growing fire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest destroyed 30 homes on December 5, the LA Times reported. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency and evacuation orders were in place. Aerial footage of th

The wildfires burning in Southern California have filled the region with smoke.

Amid the relatively poor air quality around Ventura, Los Angeles and beyond, some are turning to masks to protect their lungs and health.

However, not every mask is highly effective, SFGate reports.

Skip the dust or surgical masks and look for ones with a particulate respirator, SFGate says. Look for the ones that are “NIOSH-approved” and marked N95, N100 or P100 that have two straps.

You can find them on Amazon, at Lowe’s, Home Depot and other hardware stores.

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