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Wildfires and Air Quality

Wildfires and Air Quality

The Canadian wildfires have threatened the quality of our air and you might wonder what you can do to mitigate the effects.  Depending on how close you are to the fire, will determine what you should do.

First thing to do is watch recommendations from your local officials or emergency services. Depending on the severity of the wildfire, officials might recommend that you leave your home.   If you are close to the fire or experiencing heavy smoke, close your windows and doors to keep the smoke out of your home.

Wildfire smoke can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis.  Smoke can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases.

How does smoke get in your home – via open windows and doors, thru kitchen and bathroom fans, and air conditioning.

How do protect your family?  Consider a portable air cleaner or a high-efficiency HVAC filter.

For more information and resources, go to the EPA.  Be prepared; and, if you must evacuate, make sure you have checked your Go Bag for any additional items you might need and don’t forget your medications and your pet’s food/water.

Be safe.  Wildfires season is here, and you must be prepared.

Source: EPA