Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Arsenio Toledo
Tear gas, pepper spray and other airborne crowd control elements can enter the air in your neighborhood at any moment, especially if government crackdowns on certain freedoms continue and escalate into rioting and civil unrest. You may need a gas mask.
A gas mask prepares you for the possibility that you may have to live in or near a place where there’s a large presence of toxic particles in the air. If you live in an area close to or powered by nuclear energy, or near a place where the military stores nuclear weapons, owning a gas mask makes even more sense.
If you have the time, materials and opportunity to do so, you can make your own gas mask. While expensive military and police-grade gas masks will be your best options, improvised respirators can still give you a degree of protection from airborne and gas particles. Here are three ways to make your own gas mask. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)
For this standard homemade gas mask, all you need is a two-liter plastic soda bottle, a dust mask (preferably N95 masks or better), a roll of duct tape and a knife.
This gas mask takes no time to make, and costs very little. Plus, you’re more likely to have the gear you need to make this.
Here are the steps to follow:
If you’re looking for something that takes a little more time to make, but can offer a lot more protection, this DIY gas mask will do the trick. You will need the same items as a standard DIY gas mask, plus some glue and stapler.
There’s a second part to this mask, as it needs an air filter. You will need two more plastic bottles, a rubber hose, some activated charcoal and pillow stuffing.
Here’s how to make the mask:
Here are the steps for the air filter part of the gas mask:
This gas mask requires a lot more material, time and attention to detail. But in return, you can get some of the best improvised hazard protections out there. You will need your standard DIY gas mask, two smaller plastic bottles (preferably less than 500 mL), some cotton or pillow stuffing or whatever filters you need, and some medical dressing or coffee filters.
Here’s how to make it:
These gas masks can offer some protection against chemicals, airborne pollutants and all kinds of contaminants that can irritate your lungs.
There are other kinds of gas masks that you can make. For example, if you have a full face snorkel, you can easily turn it into a gas mask.
If you can’t invest in an expensive, military or police-grade gas mask, consider one of these cheap, DIY gas masks.