The Breath of Life Mask

This lit­tle gad­get could save your life

Modern Pioneer - - Review -

It’s a tough world out there, and you owe it to your­self to be as pre­pared as pos­si­ble and to act when disaster strikes.

Tur­moil comes in many forms, but two of the most com­mon are fire and smoke. Toxic fumes of all types and sit­u­a­tions ac­com­pa­nied by dust or other air­borne par­tic­u­lates are also rel­a­tively com­mon. What can you do if con­fronted with such a sce­nario?

While it is sound ad­vice, get­ting down on the floor and crawl­ing out un­der the smoke from a fire could take more time than you have to es­cape, and that’s be­fore you con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing tram­pled by oth­ers who’re on their feet in a pan­icked rush to get out.

Wet­ting a cloth to cover your nose and mouth is good—if you have a cloth and wa­ter—but you still need eye pro­tec­tion so you can see where you’re go­ing.

Toxic fumes, dust and other par­tic­u­lates or micro­organ­isms present another set of prob­lems than those faced with smoke alone.

Un­til now, the only way to de­feat these is­sues was to go the full prep­per route and buy mil­i­tary sur­plus gas masks equipped with fil­ters. For­tu­nately, a sim­pler and more eas­ily ob­tain­able prod­uct has been de­vel­oped that can calm these con­cerns.

The So­lu­tion

The Breath of Life Mask from Tech­non, LLC—A pocket-sized, 1 ¼-ounce es­cape de­vice that pro­tects your eyes, nose, mouth and ears while al­low­ing you to breathe fil­tered air—is the an­swer. It can lit­er­ally save your life by buying you time to es­cape smoke, dust, de­bris and even some of the chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal dan­gers that you might en­counter to­day.

The mask will fil­ter par­ti­cles sized down to .3 mi­crons at a high ef­fi­ciency rate. It has been tested and proven to be ef­fec­tive for gen­eral fil­tra­tion for 15 to 20 min­utes and against spe­cific micro­organ­isms for 10 min­utes.

The Con­struc­tion

The hood ma­te­rial is a trans­par­ent, five-lay­ered lam­i­nate re­sis­tant to pen­e­tra­tion of par­ti­cles, acids, al­ka­lis, gases and micro­organ­isms (ASTM D-3985 50.0 cc/m/24hours). It has a four-lay­ered, ac­tive char­coal fil­ter ca­pa­ble of ab­sorb­ing lim­ited quan­ti­ties of the fol­low­ing gases: cy­clo­hex­ane, hy­dro­gen cyanide, phos­gene and chlo­rine.

The hood is trans­par­ent, and has a one-size-fits-all de­sign. It can be used with glasses, long hair and beards. The clear hood al­lows vis­i­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions so that you can see your sur­round­ings, talk with oth­ers or use your cell­phone or a ra­dio.

It eas­ily fits in vir­tu­ally any purse or coat pocket for carry, and of course, could be stowed just about any­where to keep the unit close at hand in your of­fice, home or ve­hi­cle.

Per­for­mance

It is sim­ple to use: Just tear open the vac­uum-sealed foil pack, re­move the mask, slip it over your head with the fil­ter for­ward, and se­cure a tight seal with the bot­tom of the mask around your neck us­ing the sup­plied elas­tic. Yes, it re­ally is that sim­ple.

It also of­fers good vis­i­bil­ity, and you don’t feel smoth­ered or con­stricted in any way while wear­ing the mask. The Breath of Life pack­age mea­sures about 5x6 inches, is less than ½-inch thick and, as pre­vi­ously men­tioned, weighs an hon­est 1 ¼ ounces on my dig­i­tal scale.

In ad­di­tion to the photo sam­ple, I pur­chased sev­eral packs for per­sonal use as fast as I could write a check. My wife flies of­ten, and she’s car­ried her Breath of Life Mask unit in her purse on three trips now. The only re­ac­tion from TSA of­fi­cers has been amaze­ment at how small and light it is; some have even asked her where they can get one for them­selves.

Go Pre­pared!

As a prod­uct that fills a need, the Breath of Life Mask re­ally is a no-brainer for just about any­one, and es­pe­cially for those who travel, work in and around in­dus­trial/chem­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, or spend their days in large multi-story build­ings. Re­mem­ber: it’s a tough world out there; equip your­self for disaster with the Breath of Life Mask. It could save your life.

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