WILDFIRE & SMOKE

WHAT IS A WILDFIRE?

A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire. Wildfires can burn through millions of acres of land at a rapid pace, consuming everything in their paths. These overpowering flames can travel up to 14 miles an hour, which is approximately a four-minute-mile pace meaning they can overtake the average human in just minutes.

Wildfires often start via natural occurrences like lightning, but they are sometimes started by human activity, intentionally and unintentionally. The growth of wildfire is normally determined by conditions and these can include droughts, high winds, and hot temperatures.

While it’s long been known that smoke can be dangerous when immediately inhaled, triggering asthma attacks, cardiac arrests, and hospitalizations, lingering wildfire haze can have devastatingly harmful consequences for a long period of time even once the flames have stopped burning.


In 2020, five of the six largest fires on record burned in California and Oregon which saw historic levels of wildfire spread and damage.

Wildfires across the West led to weeks-long periods of unhealthy air quality levels for millions of people.

THE DANGER OF WILDFIRE SMOKE

One of the many pollutants found in wildfire smoke is particle pollution, namely PM2.5, which is a mix of very tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the air. How tiny? Many of the particles in wildfire smoke are no larger than one-third the diameter of your hair. These particles are so small that they can enter and lodge themselves deep in your lungs.

Particle pollution triggers an array of lethal reactions such as asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes—and can even be fatal for some.

AN AVERAGE OF 1.2 MILLION ACRES OF US WOODLAND BURN EVERY YEAR

THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO PM2.5

Complications arising from exposure to PM 2.5 depend on the health of an individual. However, even healthy, active people are still in danger when the exposure of PM 2.5 is too high. Effects of exposure to your health include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Excessive coughing and wheezing
  • Diminished lung function and lung disease
  • Diminished heart function, sometimes resulting in a heart attack
  • Asthma attacks
  • Death.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM PM2.5 DURING WILDFIRE?

Going inside the house will limit exposure but does not eliminate the risks associated with breathing in PM 2.5. Wearing a certified mask can filter out fine particles in the smoke from wildfires but don't forget a DIY mask or a surgical mask will not protect you these do not have effective filters for capturing the harmful micro-particles.

The material and technology used in making a Cambridge Mask make it effective for filtering PM 2.5. We have utilized the latest technology, in order to create masks that protect wearers from PM2.5, as well preventing you from breathing in other harmful pollutants, such as PM 10 and PM 0.3.

Don't count on a dust mask: Ordinary dust masks, designed to filter out large particles, and cloth facial coverings will not help. They still allow the more dangerous smaller particles to pass through. Special, more expensive dust masks with an N-95 level filter will filter out the damaging fine particles, but may not fit properly and are difficult for people with lung disease to use.

CAMBRIDGE MASK FILTER TECHNOLOGY

Learn About How Our Filter Technology Works. This Is What Truly Sets Us Apart.

1st Layer: THE PRIMARY FILTER LAYER

The first layer of our mask filters out larger particles such as dust and PM10. We use a unique dye-sublimation printing technique fusing the dye to the textile on a molecular level, so it won’t wash off.

2nd Layer: THE THREE-PLY MICRO PARTICULATE LAYER

This layer filters 99.79%+ of particles as small as PM0.3 and PM2.5 which are found in wildfire smoke. The textile is a three-ply non-woven melt-blow polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer used in a range of applications.

3rd Layer: MILITARY GRADE CARBON FILTER

Our PRO Mask is completed with the inner filter made from 100% pure activated carbon cloth. This unique technology has been designed by the UK Ministry of Defence. It was then extensively developed and made into a product for use in chemical, biological and nuclear warfare protection. We hold the exclusive global rights for this material for use in a consumer pollution mask. You won’t find it in any other mask outside of the military.

CAMBRIDGE MASK PRO

FILTERS MORE THAN 99% OF WHAT YOU BREATHE

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMER SAY

"The masks were purchased to go into emergency kits, mostly for the intense wildfire season we have here on the west coast. The masks have become quite useful for the current pandemic and allergy season."

- Robert Curry

"First used their PRO masks so that I could still go on walks when we had terrible smoke from wildfires. Worked great! Couldn't smell the smoke and didn't end up with a sore throat after my walks."

- Noreen

"I love my Cambridge Mask. I have multiple chronic conditions and I am very sensitive to environmental conditions such as smoke and pollution. This mask is adjustable and sits close to my face keeping unfiltered air out. I avoid many flare up's due to this (which is good!!)."

- Lisa Hempfling

MOST ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the Cambridge Mask effective for Covid-19?

While we have not run specific tests regarding COVID19, prior to the pandemic our PRO mask had been tested to filter more than 99% of viruses and bacteria.
The valve on our masks plays a vital role in helping to reduce moisture preventing the buildup and growth of viruses and bacteria, as well as limiting the excess build-up of carbon dioxide. This is why the valve opens when you exhale.

Can the mask be washed?

Yes, Cambridge Masks are reusable and washable by handwash method only. Handwashing the mask will remove dirt, make-up and surface dust. Our PRO mask inner filters are treated with silver which enhances the anti-viral properties of the technology used, so excessively washing the mask is not necessary.
However, the washing process will not extend the life of the filters. Each mask will need to be replaced after extended use to ensure proper filtration, preventing a build of particles within the filter.

How can I wash my mask properly?

Please follow the washing instructions with care:
Gently massage the Cambridge Mask with washing soda and warm water then rinse it thoroughly. Once you have washed your Cambridge Mask, you can hang dry it. By washing your mask you are ensuring the removal of excess dirt, dust and makeup from your mask.
Do not put the mask in the washing machine or dryer as this can damage the filters. Do not submerge the mask when washing.

Does the PRO Mask meets FFP2 standard of protection?

Yes, below explained the Cambridge Mask Filter Material Testing:
Our Masks pass the >99% requirement set for the European classification EN 149/FFP3 and the US classification 42 CFR 84, subpart K/N99, for the solid aerosol tests.
Due to the further prerequisite of EN 149 in regards to liquid aerosol test (not required for N classification), our masks receive a mean of PFE of 97% - this equates to FFP2.
Particle Filtration Efficiency >98%
Breathing resistance <2 mbar
Bacterial Filtration Efficiency >99%
Viral Filtration Efficiency >99%

How long is the shipping estimation?

UK and US : At the moment, there is only a standard shipping service. It takes an estimated 2-5 working days.
For EU : Standard shipping takes approximately 3-7 working days. You have the option to choose ‘next day priority’ delivery when placing your order which takes approximately 2-4 working days.
Other countries: Standard shipping takes an estimated 10-15 working days. You have the option to choose ‘next day priority’ delivery when placing your order which takes approximately 4-7 working days.
Please note that shipping estimations may take longer at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic or customs clearance process in the country destination.