The standard advice is to stay inside when heavy smoke is in the air. But the smoke can get into your house or apartment. So you might want to consider investing in equipment to clean the air inside your home, especially with climate change likely to continue escalating the scope and intensity of the fires.
This simple D.I.Y. project can make the smoky days a little more bearable and safe.
Smoke from wildfires contains thousands of compounds, including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
For three of the past four years, wildfire smoke in our region has exposed people to unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution for prolonged periods of time.
Planning, air cleaners, masks and more . . .
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Cigarette smoke comprises particles that are similar in size to the smaller respiratory droplets expelled by humans, the ones that linger longest in the air.
As smoke travels through the air, exposure sun and interactions with other chemicals in the atmosphere can make it more toxic.
Wildfire smoke making air quality “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” is expected to remain in the area through the early next week.
Children, adults sixty-five and older, pregnant people and people with lung or heart conditions are particularly vulnerable to smoke from wildfires.
Everyone should take precautions, especially infants, children, and people over 65, or those that are pregnant, have heart or lung diseases, diabetes, stroke survivors, and those suffering from COVID-19.
Death rates from the most common lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, have fallen sharply in the U.S., due primarily to recent advances in treatment.
Creating a clean air space inside your home is likely your best option to get relief from wildfire smoke this season.
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