Face Mask Fitting and Use Guide

Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you are effectively using a face mask to help slow the spread of this virus. These are based upon the WHO and CDC instructions.

1. Wash your hands before putting on the mask!

Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2. Make sure that you have a snug fit

Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

It should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

It should be secured with ties or ear loops

It should include multiple layers of fabric

It should allow for breathing without restriction

It should be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape.

The mask should fit over the bridge of your nose and under your chin.

3. Safe Use of the Mask

Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.

4. Safe Removal of a used Face Mask

To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin if it is a single use mask; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when removing the mask

5. Storage, Cleaning and Reuse

If the reusable cloth mask is clean it can be stored in a clean Ziplock bag when not in use.

Reusable cloth masks should be washed routinely, depending on the frequency of use.

To wash, launder the mask often in your washing machine in HOT water (160 degrees F), using soap or detergent that does not leave a residue. Rinse well with fresh water and then hang to air dry.

You can also disinfect the mask by soaking for five minutes in a solution of two tablespoons of bleach per quart (liter) of water, or 1/3 cup (80 mL) of bleach per gallon (3.84 liter) of water. Make sure to rinse the mask well and hang to air-dry.