Video update shows how to put on, remove PPE

Apr 19, 2020

The town’s Covid-19 response team released a video on Saturday informing residents how to properly put on and take off personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.

Paramedic Ryan Snell of ambulance service STAT Dartmouth demonstrated how to use the equipment in the video.

“We’ve been getting a lot of questions from the general public on how to wear your proper PPE,” he said. “We just want to show you how to do it, and how to take it off safely.”

Snell first put on the mask, stretching it to cover his face and forming it around the bridge of his nose, before putting on the gloves.

“Remember, when you’re wearing gloves, you want to pretend these are dirty, so you don’t want to touch your face or touch any other part of your body while you’re wearing this,” he noted.

To take off the PPE, he demonstrated how to pinch one glove at the palm and pull it off, and used a clean finger behind the cuff of the second glove to remove it.

“If you have the ability, you’re going to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer” before removing the mask, he said, “never touching the front of the mask.”

PPE must be disposed of properly in the trash, he finished.

In the video, Public Information Officer Kyle Costa also reminded residents of the importance of social distancing and personal protective equipment now that more people are going outside in the warmer spring weather.

He also asked that residents pay attention to parking restrictions and stop littering used PPE.

Watch the video here.