What is Fire Evacuation Mask in the UK

mask onThe fire men use evacuation masks to get people out of burning houses or establishments. As every

second counts, it should be strongly recommended to private and companies to have evacuation masks

available. This will enable them to take immediate action if the smoke detector gives alarm signals. Thus

no valuable seconds will be lost’. ‘The Smoke mask is a useful supplement to the existing auxiliary tools.

As a result of the enormous smoke fumes, however, people often get panicky. It is obvious that smoke is

the number one enemy in fire. There dozens of people die due to the escape of noxious elements yearly.

The Smoke mask is one means of leaving the building fast and safely as the person’s lungs are protected.

Therefore people will remain calmer and may deal with the situation more effectively’. ‘Another

advantage of the Smoke mask is that it is easy to use. One has only to open the airtight tin-package and

pull it over one’s head. The filter is activated directly. Thus people will receive sufficient oxygen, they

will remain fully conscious and will be able to find the (emergency) exit. The Smoke mask has been

tested extensively and satisfies all demands. The mask is vacuum packed. It consists of fire resistant

material. Moreover it protects for at least 15 minutes. Experience has taught us that a quarter of an

hour is sufficient to escape safely from a burning building’.

Fire safety is of interest at present. Fast and efficient action is, of course, of vital importance. Preventive

measures such as smoke detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers all play an important role.

Nevertheless experience shows that it is the strong smoke fumes at the start of a fire which leads to

most fatalities. Smoke in the eyes, disorientation and the escape of poisonous gases hamper attempts to

leave a building in time. Moreover it is indispensable for a fast and a safe evacuation in the case of fire

or smoke fumes. The Smoke mask is resistant to a heat of 800 º Celsius. Thanks to the heat-resisting

visor the wearer’s vision remains unaffected. Thus the people can leave the building without panic.

The Smoke mask evacuation mask offers at least 15 minutes protection against the fast smoke fumes

and all escaping toxic gases according to the EN403 norm. The mask has been tested extensively. It

actually tested to over 60 minutes. The first purifying layer filters the smoke and soot particles. In the

second purifying filtration part the poisonous gases are stopped. Then remaining carbon monoxide is

converted into carbon dioxide by means of a catalyst. A final layer will then absorb this chemical

element. Within seconds one can breathe again safely.

Recent figures show that annually dozens of people die in fires. Moreover hundreds of people with

serious injuries will have to be hospitalised. The Smoke mask may change this. The evacuation mask is

appropriate for single only. The filter is guaranteed for five years after production. The presence of the

Smoke Mask is reassuring. However, by no means it is meant to replace the task of the professional fire

brigade. The Smoke mask only procures a safe and fast self-evacuation. At home and at school, in offices

and workshops, discos, hotels, health centres and other places where many people meet. For

international truck and bus drivers (tunnels) and businessmen (hotels) the presence of a Smoke mask

can be of vital importance.

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