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Free N95 Masks Distributed December 18-22

Air quality shows improvement today, but some people may still benefit from wearing an N95 mask. Here are locations to get free masks this week, Dec. 18-22:

  • Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Ave.), Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Goleta City Hall (130 Cremona Dr.), Mon–Thurs 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Santa Barbara Public Library (40 East Anapamu St.), Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Carpinteria Public Library (5141 Carpinteria Ave.), Mon 10 a.m.–7:30 pm.; Tues 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Wed 10 am–7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Fri 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Buellton CVS, ask store staff (218 East Hwy. 246, Buellton), Mon–Fri 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

The N-95 masks are adult-sized masks and will provide only limited protection for most children. N-95 masks, when fitted properly with a tight seal, provide some protection from the fine particles in smoke. Ordinary dust masks and surgical masks do not provide this protection as they do not provide a tight seal.