The latest must-have SF accessories: respirators and air purifiers

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You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The latest must have bay area accessories. Respirators and air purifiers by Malir Russell, David Jair kiss trek to his job at Williams Sonoma in San Francisco on Monday sporting and excessively that's in high demand a respirator. He shared a selfie to Instagram captioning. The photo the new normal for walking to work as firefighters may gains on the campfire the wildfire in Butte county people in the bay area. Continued early in the week to deal with poor air quality caused by smoke drifting in from the inferno that nearly wiped out the town of paradise one hundred seventy five miles from San Francisco, though, public health officials continue to urge residents to stay indoors and orange unhealthy. Air alert went out Monday that hasn't stopped people from lining up at hardware stores to get their hands on industrial gray. Facemasks which offer some defense against toxic chemicals and gases, particularly popular are and ninety five particular respirators a mask and filter combination that fits over the face and blocks at least ninety five percent of very small particles in the smoky air, which health officials recommend over disposable face masks, that offer little protection fine articles blowing in from the wildfire can collect in the body to cause persistent, coughing difficulty breathing and reductions in lung function, according to the California Department of public health hardware stores started selling out of masks Friday when residents woke to hazy orange skies and the smell of smoke Renato. Goose Lonnie junior manager of the coal hardware store on fourth street said people in San Francisco freely spend on days like that. They can see if they can smell it. Guess Lonnie said the same thing happened during the wine country. Fires in October twenty seventeen Cole made a dedicated line for mask shoppers. So it could ring up other customers quickly as it did in two thousand seventeen the store has sold out twice since Friday, sending employee's to restock at an ace hardware distribution hob in Rockland over the weekend. Virginia carpenter owner of an ace hardware store. In Berkeley, said she answers calls every few minutes from people looking for face masks. They were back in stock Monday after her son James also in as employees left Sunday morning to pick up thousands of masks and some air purifiers from the Rockland warehouse after unloading his SUV, he went on to work a shift at the cash register. He was overwhelmed by words of thanks from customers. Carpenter said, some shoppers are going online three m accompany best known for its scotch tape and post it notes has three different varieties. Have masks or respirators on Amazon's industrial and scientific bestsellers list. The most popular is in an ninety five model. A box of ten sells for sixteen dollars twenty five cents. Kristen curry who lives in Chico spent the weekend shuttling back and forth to buy masks and other goods in the bay area to take back home her cousin's house burned in the blaze, some of her close friends and colleagues lost parents other relatives and pets curry said she wanted to contribute in some small way. She'd heard that the hardware stores near Chico were selling out of masks as quickly as they could stock them rationing supplies to one box per person curry drove Friday to the bay area to stay with her mom together. They bought out masks from two local hardware stores spending about two hundred dollars. Curry folded down the seats of her Honda element to make room for roughly two hundred twenty masks, new clothing, ensued. Cases and drove north barely able to see out the back. She donated the goods to neighborhood churches, and the Red Cross most of her friends had procured masks by then my intention was to donate as many as I could to the victims paradise. Of course, didn't have any curry said whether or not I could afford it. I was going to figure it out where there's a consumer need. There's a startup and San Francisco has one that's drawn a measure of controversy molecule sells seven hundred ninety nine dollar air purifier that it claims destroys air pollutants as opposed to just trapping them with a fine mesh filter as traditional purifiers do J arou- a co founder and the chief operating officer said the company has seen sales tick up since Thursday when the campfire erupted and began offering same day delivery in San Francisco to meet demand. Some people criticized the startup in tweets and face. Book comments for pricing. It's device. Ohi others called on molecule, which is spelled M O L E K U L E to donate devices to schools and evacuation centers. Everyone is talking about how great molecule is today. Jake Chapman, a tech investor said and a tweet that's great. But can we also talk about how horrifying it is that climate change makes it so only people with a spare eight hundred dollars can afford safe air for themselves and their children Jiao said molecule employee's delivered donated units to the Red Cross evacuation center at the Butte county fairgrounds over the weekend. They're working to get more units out to fire houses and relief groups this week as molecule did during the wine country fires molecule asked its employees to come into the office over the weekend to help with surging demand without blinking. The team showed up rows said dozens of schools across sonoma's yolo. Boot contra Costa and other counties in the area of the smoke trail from the campfire were closed most school districts in the bay area remained open local administrators make the decision based on air quality reports and conditions in their local communities when air-quality drops to unhealthy levels. San Francisco unified school district limits time spent outdoors and closely watches students with asthma and other health conditions. According to gentle Blyth, a deputy superintendent most public schools as well as many private schools were closed Monday for Veterans Day severance, Iskoe chronicle staff writer, Jill Tucker, contributed to this report.

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