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Short Sighted, Myopic or just Smart?

When California decided to go up in flames one of the commonest scenes was people fleeing the fires many of these victims found themselves struggling to SEE as they fled, Soot, Smoke, Red hot cinders, Volatile organics from burning fuel and melting plastics all contributed to leave people struggling to SEE.

When the same scenario unfolded in Australia torching homes and millions of eucalyptus trees which in turn released huge amounts of hot vapourised oil that burnt everything.

Equally many of these very same people found themselves struggling to breath as dust, soot, embers, smoke, particulates etc that entered their airways from the conflagration that was everywhere around and above them..

Lets move to 911, The Towers burned then collapsed throwing tens of thousands of tons of FILTH, debris, particulates, smoke, burning oils, plastics, insulation, concrete dust, powdered glass, toxic materials etc blinding and choking the fleeing survivors of that tragedy

When multiple bombs ( be they car, truck, rucksack or other) are detonated in our towns or cities throwing toxic debris into the air as people try to escape.,

When that freight train carrying volatiles derails and explodes launching up to 15 thousands tons of burning heavy oil into the air in your community.

When the hotel or tower block you are in bursts into flames and the corridors fill with smoke and soot.

When 500,000 tons of abandoned fertiliser exploded in Beirut vapourising concrete buildings for ½ a mile and converting thousands of glass windows into supersonic abrasive powdered grit.

When a massive drought triggers dust storms in the US, Australia or the Middle east lifting millions of tons of soil or sand into the air turning day to night with choking particles that sweeps through your township.

When your local volcano belches a few million tons of ASH, Sulphers, C02 and other nasties 30,000 ft into the air only for it to fall and blanket your town with 2 ft of ash.

When the air stops circulating over cities like Beijing and the pollution levels rocket to a point you cannot see 500 yards and the air stings your throat.

Dont you honestly think that carrying Eye protection and particulate masks in your kit makes sense??
Come on folks FIND the space in your gear, your life could depend on it.
 

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I can see like on a cartoon where the brick bounces back and hits you on the head.
yes, I worked on a canal side construction site in the 80s and that was frozen solid, not even a thrown brick could break the ice, I tried!!
 

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Its a good idea to keep a few mil-surplus gas masks with extra canisters. The worst disaster to happen around here was a train derailment involving several tanker cars of chlorine. About 50 miles of the highway was shut down for 2 weeks. People were evacuated within 8 miles of my house. There were a few human fatalities and many livestock died. Chlorine is very heavy and unless there is a strong wind will stay at the bottom of the valley while leaving the mountain tops safe. Hopefully you would have time to get to high ground. Something like that or any one of the things Bill talked about make protection a good idea.
 

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I would dread to live anywhere near any facility owned by Union Carbide, people in India are still suffering decades later. Or a Nuclear plant like Three Mile Island, Fukushima, Chernobyl or Windscale, Or near that 3M plant in the US whose effluent killed dozens, or a DDT plant. More reasons to EDC a mask and Eye protection than not to.
 

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I was off shore when this tragedy happened. A wise man said to me. "They can change they're name to Union Barbide and go on as if nothing ever happened,"
 

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You can buy gas masks pretty cheap at a military surplus store staring about $29.00. The important thing is finding a mask and replacement filters. There are standards on filters so it is a good idea to get a mask to conform with new filters. You can usually buy some filters along with the mask. This is all on my to-do list too.
 

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😅strange,but did order some eye protecting masks last week, found it kinda nasty in a blizzard with glasses, when they kinda fogged up, do you read minds Bill ?
 

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