Group Offers Free Cold Weather Masks

Breathe Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization that helps the residents of southwestern Pennsylvania achieve and maintain optimal lung health, is offering free cold weather masks to residents within their 10-county service area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Residents who suffer respiratory conditions, such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), are encouraged to visit store.breathepa.org/collections/copd or call Breathe Pennsylvania at 1-800-220-1990 to place an order.

The breathable foam mask, developed by Breathe Pennsylvania over 30 years ago, loops over the ears and covers the mouth and nose, providing a warm pocket of air.

“We’re urging local residents with any type of respiratory condition to take caution during the dangerously cold weather. Cold air restricts air flow to and from the lungs,” explains Marianne Drevna, Respiratory Therapist at Breathe Pennsylvania. “The cold weather mask helps to warm the air before it reaches the lungs.”

For residents outside of the 10-county service area of Breathe Pennsylvania, cold weather masks are available for $5.

Headquartered in Cranberry Township, Breathe Pennsylvania helps people of all ages in southwestern Pennsylvania achieve and maintain optimal lung health through education, prevention, awareness and direct services. The organization, which serves a 10-county area, is dedicated to equipping residents of southwestern Pennsylvania with the knowledge and tools they need to become advocates for their own lung health.