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How to Deal with Smoke Fires and Poor Air Quality

When dealing with smoke fires and poor air quality, it’s important to take necessary precautions to protect your health.

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Here are some recommendations

  1. Stay informed: Stay updated on the latest information regarding the fires and air quality in your area. Local authorities, news channels, and official websites can provide reliable information.
  2. Monitor air quality: Regularly check the Air Quality Index (AQI) to assess the air quality in your vicinity. Generally, consider air quality readings above 100 as unhealthy.
  3. Stay indoors: If the air quality is poor, it’s best to stay indoors as much as possible, keeping windows and doors closed. Use air purifiers or filters if available. Avoid physical exertion and keep indoor activities low-key.
  4. Create a clean indoor environment: Use air conditioning units or fans to circulate air. Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution such as smoking, using candles, or frying food.
  5. Wear masks: If you must go outside and the air quality is hazardous, wear masks labeled as N95 or N99 to filter out fine particles. Remember that masks alone may not offer complete protection.
  6. Limit travel: If the air quality is severely impacted, it’s advisable to postpone unnecessary travel plans, especially to areas directly affected by the fires. Traveling in such conditions can be risky for your health.
  7. Check with transportation providers: If you have travel plans, particularly by air, train, or bus, check with the transportation providers for any delays, cancellations, or rescheduling due to the fires. They will have the most up-to-date information on the status of services.

Remember, the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones should be the top priority during such situations. Always rely on official sources for accurate information and take appropriate precautions to minimize exposure to poor air quality.

Source: on June 6, 2023

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