The Daily Dilemma: 10 Signs You May Not Be Wearing Your Protective Face Mask Properly
We think its fair to say that in todays world wearing a protective face mask has become second nature for us all. Sometimes, we may not even know that we're not wearing it right. Want to know more? Read on to find out the 10 signs that you're not wearing your face mask in the suitable way and how we can fix and adjust these problems.
The Masked Truth: Identifying the 10 Signs
1. The Nose Exposer
At some point, we've all seen this.
A mask that has slipped down, which leaves the nose exposed. This not only defeats the purpose of wearing a mask, but also a clear sign that you aren't wearing you face mask correctly.
2. The One-Ear Wonder
I think you know which ones we are referring to.
The masks dangling from one ear like a fashion accessory.
This look is usually a dead giveaway that your mask needs adjusting.
3. The Chin Guard
A mask that covers just the chin is about as useful as a pen without ink.
If your mask is being worn as a trendy chin strap, you're definitely not not wearing it properly.
Adjustments for mask-wearing techniques better:
- Ensure the mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Use both ear loops or ties to secure the mask.
- Make sure your mask is a snug fit
4. The Too-Tight Squeeze
While a close fit is necessary, a mask that is excessively restrictive might be uncomfortable and can even restrict breathing.
Keep in mind, if your face mask doesn't fit properly, you're not wearing it correctly.
5. The Free Flow
On the other hand, a mask too loose is like a chocolate teapot. Completely useless.
A mask that constantly falls off your face is a sign the fit needs to be adjusted or you may even need a new mask with a better fit.
Tips for Achieving the Perfect Fit:
- Find the right size for you
- Make sure there no obstructions (Glasses, Facial Hair, Jewellery)
- Use adjustable ear loops or headband strap to create a snug but comfortable fit.
- Adjust mouldable nose bridge for better sealing.
6. The Accidental Inside-Out
Wearing your mask inside out can be a common mistake.
Take our advice when we say make sure that the right side faces out. It's vital to do this.
The outer layer is designed to repel external droplets, whereas the inner layer protects particles you breathe from getting out.
7. The Beard Barrier
Did you know your facial hair can interfere with a masks fit.
Your bear may create gaps, which reduces your masks effectiveness.
Not the ideal situation if you aim for a proper fit.
8. The Repetitive Toucher
Using your unwashed hands to constantly touch and adjust your face mask can transfer unwanted germs.
So keep those mitts off your mask.
Hand Hygiene Tips:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
9. The Expiry Date
Even disposable masks have a limited lifespan.
Using them beyond their intended duration is a sign of not using your mask correctly.
10. The Reusable
Some reusable face masks require 1 of 3 things
Tips for Reusable Masks:
- Some include washing after use..
- Dry your mask completely before wearing it again.
- if getting harder to breath it's time for a replacement
Q: How often should I replace disposable masks?
A: Disposable masks should be replaced after a single use or when they become visibly soiled or damaged.
Q: How do I know if my mask fits properly?
A: Your mask should fit snugly against your face without gaps, cover your nose, mouth, and chin, and allow you to breathe comfortably
Q: Can I wear a mask with a valve?
A: It's your decision. A valve protects particles from entering past the mask but allows exhaled air to release.
Conclusion: Ensuring Proper Mask-Wearing for Everyone's Safety
So, there you have it – the 10 signs you may not be wearing your protective face mask properly. By recognising these signs and making the necessary adjustments, you'll not only protect yourself but also contribute to the health and safety of others.
So, let's all do our part, and mask up the right way!