In recent months, extreme dry spells have been creating a drastic rise in wildfires, across the United States. As a result, the levels of wildfire smoke are higher than ever and continually rising. The smoke is most prominent in the West Coast, but has spread across many parts of the Midwest and South. To help provide relief HEPA Air Purifiers are being utilized to clear the air.
According to NPR, health departments in numerous states are taking extra precautions to make sure their residents aren’t affected. Yet, officials are concerned preventative efforts could be ineffective.
“It’s really bad,” says Janice Nolan, assistant vice president for national policy at the American Lung Association. “I hadn’t seen ‘code maroon’ days, which is the most hazardous air quality, in years.”
Beyond the lack of immediate resolution, a bigger concern might be that the spreading wildfire problem doesn’t appear to slowing down.
“Unfortunately, this may be the new normal for us,” says Jim Vannoy, program manager for environmental health programs at the Idaho Division of Public Health. “Not just for a day or two, but for weeks on end.”
An extended drought and climate change mean more fires that burn longer, Vannoy says.
With no end in sight for these detrimental wildfires, people can take precautions in numerous ways.
For schools, that means indoor recess and no outdoor sports practice when air quality levels are unhealthy, according to an advisory the public health department sent to Idaho schools.
Tiny particulates in smoke travel deep into the lungs, where they evade the body’s defense systems, Nolen says. That poses an especially big threat to people with asthma, cardiovascular disease or lung diseases. Children are susceptible even if they’re healthy, she says, because their lungs are still developing.
Staying inside is the best defense, Nolen says, with air conditioning set to recirculate air. Check the local air quality index before heading out. “If it’s anything above a code green, people will be affected.”
Aside from staying indoors, one of the best ways to prevent dangerous wildfire smoke from entering your lungs is by adding an air purifier with high-efficiency HEPA filters such as the #1 rated Oransi Max HEPA air purifier.
Our Air Purifiers For Smoke offer top rated HEPA and carbon filters, which remove 99% of all harmful airborne particulates from the air. So, even if the outdoor air in your area is filled with wildfire smoke, placing a HEPA Air Purifier unit in your home or office will provide an indoor clean air sanctuary, giving your lungs the clean air they deserve.
Another option to consider is a smoke eater. Smoke eaters are used in home and office buildings to remove smoke odors to give you fresh, clean air.
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