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Nov 19

City distributes masks due to poor air quality

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park has received 1,000 “N95” masks donated by Facebook, Inc., which are available upon request and can be picked up on a first come, first served basis to assist those who are most impacted by the poor air quality caused by heavy wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

Nearly 200 masks were distributed in the past week and additional distribution locations are as follows:

Location Address Tues., Nov. 20 Wed., Nov. 21 Thurs., Nov. 22 and Fri., Nov. 23  Sat. Nov. 24 
Onetta Harris Community Center 100 Terminal Ave. Noon
to 8 p.m.
Noon to
8 p.m.

Belle Haven Branch Library 413 Ivy Drive 3:15–9 p.m.
to 5 p.m.
Belle Haven Child Development Center 410 Ivy Drive 7:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Arrillaga Family Recreation Center 700 Alma St. 8 a.m.
to 9:45 p.m.
8 a.m. to
9:45 p.m.
CLOSED 9–11 a.m.
Menlo Park Library 800 Laurel St. Noon to 9 p.m. 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
CLOSED 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Police Department Lobby 701 Laurel St. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

These masks must be worn and used properly. If people have any questions about if they should wear one, they should seek the advice of a medical provider. Guidelines for how to properly put on and take off masks are also available from the Centers for Disease Control

The City continues to recommend that all residents and visitors to Menlo Park continue to monitor air quality by visiting and during periods of unhealthy air quality to remain indoors and limit outdoor activity. 

N95 masks can help protect lungs from harmful particles in wildfire smoke, according to the California Department of Public Health.

As of 3 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2018, The Camp Fire in Butte County has burned 151,000 acres (66 percent contained) since it started November 8, 2019. It has destroyed more than 11,713 residences, 472 commercial structures and 3,388 other buildings. It has claimed at least 77 lives, making it the deadliest fire in California history. 

Air quality in Menlo Park is expected to be in the “Unhealthy” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range for the next several days.

The City wishes to thank Facebook, Inc. for its generous donation.

Face masks