Every year, there are tens of thousands of wildfires in the United States. The smoke that comes off these fires can irritate your eyes and respiratory system, often leading to lung infections and chronic heart disease. Pregnant women, children, older adults and people with pre-existing heart and lung conditions are at greater risk of developing complications from smoke exposure, but it’s dangerous for all people. Follow these steps to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
Be Mindful of Air Quality Reports
Most communities measure the level of air particles to warn the public about hazardous air quality, so check your weather app or local news for smoke warnings so you can be as prepared as possible. Staying mindful of the air quality reports can better ensure that you’re not left in a situation where you’re breathing noxious air.
When you see a smoke warning, stay inside as much as possible. Go outside only if doing so is necessary. Traveling in your car cannot provide you the same protection that being in your home can, so limit car rides unless you must go somewhere.
Clean Indoor Air
When you’re inside, work toward making the inside air as clean as possible. Check that all your windows and doors are closed, and even shut pet doors. As long as you close the fresh-air intake, you should run your air conditioner because it can help purify the air. Always use clean, sterile air filters VA. If you do not have an air conditioner and it’s not comfortable to stay inside with ventilation, leave your home and go to a designated safe area set up by your local government.
Be Mindful of Indoor Air Pollution
While you’re working toward cleaning the air, it’s important that you don’t do things that go against those efforts. For example, using a gas stove can cause indoor pollution, as can burning candles or using a fireplace. Even running the vacuum can cause additional air pollution because vaccums throw dust and dander into the air. Do not vape or smoke cigarettes inside.
Use Weather stripping
Unfortunately, wildfires happen each year, most often during the dry seasons. Before a problem exists, prepare for it by weather stripping windows and doors. Look for any gaps leading into your home, both around the perimeter and inside the garage, and fill them with caulk or insulation foam. While in a dark attic, look for any light coming in and properly close up those gaps.