Some interesting facts about gas masks

Interesting Facts about Gas Masks

During World War 1, about 15 million gas masks were produced. Back when the Germans started using poisonous gases, it led to the invention of the gas mask. But the interesting part is, Germany didn't have any protection themselves if their enemies used the same dangerous weapons.

Who secured the first patent for gas mask?

The first patent for a gas mask was granted way back in 1849 to an American named Lewis Haslett.

Haslett's invention used a special material that could filter out dust and other harmful stuff from the air. However, experts later found out that Haslett's invention didn't work very well in military situations.

Who invented the first military grade gas mask?

The first effective gas mask was invented by a Russian scientist Nikolay Zelinsky. He invented a universal charcoal system that saved millions of soldiers during First World War. For humanity, the Creator did not patent the device.

Are there any gas masks for animals?

During First World War, gas masks for dogs and horses were actively used.

Each German infantry had more than 5000 horses, different types of horse gas masks were used to protect them from toxic substances. Horses equipped with special respiratory gear could spend around four hours in areas with contaminated air.

With gas masks designed for dogs, these loyal companions could stay in such areas for up to eight hours, ensuring their safety in hazardous environments.

Did you know about Mickey Mouse gas mask?

In the middle of the World War II chaos, an unexpected hero emerged. They were crafted after the U.s entry in to the World War II. Walt Disney came up with the idea to make gas masks look like the head of the hero of his cartoon. It was given to the children of age 18 months to 4 years old in order to cope up with their fears of wearing a respirator.

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