We live in a world where the occurrence of catastrophic events is unpredictable. In this case, we need to be always prepared in life or death situations. Therefore, you need to collect the necessary stuffs for your survival in case a disaster strikes. A gas mask is one of the most important things you should have in order to survive a disaster, particularly man-made disaster where airborne pollutants are released into the air. These pollutants can actually kill you by destroying your respiratory system. A gas mask works by protecting your lungs, nose, mouth, eyes and mucus membrane from toxic substances. Knowing how to make your own gas mask in case it won’t be readily available is crucial for your long-term survival. So how do you make a gas mask at the comfort of your home?
Here are the materials that you will need:
2-liter soda bottle
- Obtain the upper portions of the 2-liter soda bottles by cutting an inch of the bottom part of the bottle and keep it. Draw a U across the bottle upside down. Make sure it is big enough to fit your face from the temple down to your chin. This is at least 5 to 6 inches. Using a cutter, follow the U-pattern and cut it. Start with a small cut until it perfectly fits your face, preventing the gas to get into your eyes.
- Attach rubber foam around the edges of the mask to make a seal. This will prevent the gas from getting into your eyes and nose. Now, once the glue dries, try the mask on to check if it snugly fits your face. If you can’t get rubber foam, fasten a layer of cloth from an old t-shirt wrapped around the edge with a tape.
- Now cut off the elastic bands from the face mask and attach it near eye levels so you don’t need to hold the gas mask to keep it in place.
- Pour activated charcoal on the bottom part of the bottle. Put pillow stuffing on the upper part of the bottle and re-attach it to the other part using a tape. Create some holes on the bottom side to allow air to penetrate inside.
- Connect the two bottles using a rubber hose so you can have an air filtration system. Wash the hose with soap and water to ensure its cleanliness. Change the activated carbon frequently for it becomes less effective after absorbing a lot of moisture. Keep your stock of activated carbon in a dry place.
Toxic gases are dangerous to your health, so it’s extremely important to minimize your exposure and protect yourself. It is always advisable to buy real gas masks and you may only use a DIY mask during an emergency where alternatives are unavailable. Don’t compromise your health and your life for a cheap, DIY gas mask.
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