NEWS RELEASE

December 15, 2017

Free Mask Distribution for Friday/Saturday

Free N-95 face masks are available to the public in Santa Maria today (Friday) and Saturday, December 16th at the front counter of the City’s Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, due to unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire.

The youth center is at 600 S. McClelland Street and is open Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The masks are no longer being distributed at the City’s fire stations or Fire Department administrative office.

Individuals with heart and lung conditions should consult their health care provider before using an N-95 mask, according to the County Public Health Department.

To view the current air quality levels, visit http://www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality.

The mask helps filter harmful small particles found in ash and smoke, when people go outside. To make the masks fit, press it down around the nose and make sure it makes an airtight seal around the face. People should stop using the masks if they no longer make an airtight seal around the face, whether from being bent or too soiled.

Mask distributions are taking place at several locations across the County, due to continued smoke and ash resulting from the massive Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, now the fourth-largest fire in state history. N-95 masks are also available at some local retailers.

The City has a limited supply of N95 masks. The smoke from the Thomas Fire, while irritating, generally has not reached unhealthful levels in the Santa Maria Valley as measured by the Air Pollution Control District.

To view the latest fire information, visit: http://countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update.

Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.