Air quality is at dangerous levels from fire smoke
With wildfires in the western US and Canada, the air quality has been quite bad in many areas across the US. Air currents are causing smoke to drift thousands of miles east, bringing dangerously unhealthy air quality readings throughout the US, including the East Coast and the Midwest. With the west being so dry, it’s only going to get worse with more fires.
Children are more susceptible to respiratory irritants because their lungs are still developing, and they breathe faster than adults. Particles from fire smoke can be very small, between 0.4 and 0.7 microns. These particles can be inhaled deeply into the lungs.
Particles from wildfire smoke also increases susceptibility and severity to respiratory infections, including COVID.
The good news is that these particles can be removed from your indoor air with the appropriate air purifier for fire smoke.
Here’s what you can do if your air quality is bad
Stay inside if you can and keep your windows and doors closed. If you’re using an air conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
If you need to be outside during poor air quality, don’t rely on dust masks or any sort of cloth mask. Get a mask with a particulate respirator that is “NIOSH-approved” and marked N95, N100 or P100.
Get an air purifier for smoke with a true medical HEPA filter that removes particles down to 0.3 microns. Avoid “ozone air purifiers” and “ionic air purifiers” as these are not effective at removing fine particulates.
HEPA filters alone do not remove chemicals and gases so it’s important to use a HEPA air filter that includes activated carbon impregnated with potassium iodide and zeolite. This will capture formaldehyde and other VOCs.
The Austin Air Healthmate Plus Air purifier is what I’m using in my home. It’s one of the best I have found for efficiency and value.
The EnviroKlenz patented earth mineral technology is a safe and effective technology that utilizes safe earth minerals to capture and destroy airborne toxic and noxious gasses, particulates, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other allergy triggers.
My heart goes out to all those affected by the wildfires and other tragedies. May we all be safe and feel love and compassion for each other.