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Sites for distribution of N-95 masks on Monday, December 11 beginning at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last will be:
- Costco at 7095 Market Place Drive in Goleta (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Franklin Community Center at 1136 E. Montecito Street in Santa Barbara (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
- Albertson’s at 1018 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Santa Barbara Public Library at 40 E. Anapamu Street (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
- NEW Lompoc Home Depot at 1701 East Ocean, Lompoc, (7 a.m. - 9 p.m)
Small and large size masks will be handed out. Limit two masks per person.
The N-95 masks require a tight seal to be effective and as a result, the available adult sized masks will provide only limited protection for most children. N-95 masks when fitted properly provide some protection from the fine particles in smoke. Ordinary dust masks and surgical masks do not provide this protection.
Mask Distribution Sites in Ventura County
Santa Paula Community Center
530 W Main St
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Ventura County Fair – Red Cross Shelter
10 W. Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93004
Beth Torah Temple
7620 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93004
Oxnard College Gymnasium – Red Cross Shelter
4000 S Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA 93033
1401 Maricopa Hwy
Ojai, CA 93023
**Look for the Red Cross vehicle**
For updated air quality conditions, visit https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires.
On Friday, as on Thursday, masks were given out to people struggling with the choking smoke and dirty air from the Thomas Fire. 47,000 masks were handed out Thursday, at least 25,000 more were distributed on Friday.
Click here to view step-by-step directions for using a N-95 mask.
Masks designed to filter out some of the particulates in the air were available for free at three locations in southern Santa Barbara County. They are being donated by local aid group Direct Relief.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is asking people to give priority to those with pulmonary problems. Air Quality Warnings issued earlier in the week remain in effect as smoke from the fire continues to blanket the air over Santa Barbara.
The masks are designed to offer some limited protection from fine particles in smoke but only when fitted properly.
Approximately, 50,000 masks have been distributed throughout the region to date.