Shopping cart Shopping cart
Varukorg

Tips For Wildfire Smoke Preparedness and Safety

With the heat and humidity of the warmer months, wildfire season is returning to many parts of the United States. This can be due to Canadian wildfires or wildfires along with West Coast. Along with destruction of property, the smoke from these wildfires can cause poor air quality issues and major health concerns. At our core, we at Boost Oxygen deeply concerned about the air quality and health problems caused by these wildfires as their intensity and magnitude increase each year. We feel it’s important to share articles, tips and resources for our readers who might be impacted by the wildfires and health issues from the poor air quality. Important Note: Boost Oxygen IS NOT a substitute for doctor prescribed medical-grade Oxygen. Our portable 95% Pure Oxygen canisters can provide immediate respiratory support, but our product does not treat or cure breathing conditions that require treatment from a doctor. If you are experiencing breathing issues due to wildfires, please contact your doctor right away or seek immediate medical treatment at a hospital.

wildfires2

Photo by Marcus Kauffman on Unsplash

The Health Concerns From Wildfire Smoke

During wildfires, cities and towns are being covered in a thick haze of smoke that is causing headaches, dizziness, nausea and respiratory health issues. Poor air quality can mean less Oxygen in the air. For people with pre-existing breathing problems, the situation can be extremely dangerous and sometimes life-threatening. Many people are also being forced to stay indoors to avoid the horrible air quality. But even then, the poor air and smoke can eventually make its way inside a home.

How To Deal With Wildfire Smoke Health Problems

4 Wildfire Smoke Health Problems and How To Deal With Them

https://www.futurity.org/wildfire-smoke-health-problems-2592902/

The above article points out that many communities were ill-prepared for the wildfires, and experts are trying to educate people as quickly as possible to avoid the same scale of destruction and health problems this year. The number of smoky days in California and the West due to wildfire is increasing drastically, Nadeau said during the wildfire symposium, with some parts of the region seeing an average of over 140 days per year of poor air quality.

Tips For Improving Your Air Quality

– Track the air quality in your area using several websites and apps that provide information (more on those below).

– If you live in an area with wildfire smoke, try to stay indoors. But if you have to go outside, wear a mask.

– For your home, buy a portable air monitor, air purifiers and clean any air filters you might have. However, don’t wait until last-minute. During recent wildfires, many stores ran out of air purifiers. Plan ahead! You can read more about the proper air purifiers to purchase in the article. (Note: Purifiers with HEPA filters are ideal)

One other important tip from the article: “Change your air filters, and if you can’t purify your entire residence, set up a clean air room,” she suggests. In other words, rather than trying to filter the whole house, focus on maintaining healthy air quality in one room. Reducing the volume of air that a purifier must filter goes a long way in lowering concentrations of smoke particles.”

Wildfire Preparation, Safety And Resources

The website READY.GOV has an AMAZING section about wildfire preparedness, safety and other resources. Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Visit ready.gov/wildfires to get all the information!

The READY.GOV wildfire section includes:
Recognize Warnings and Alerts
Making an Emergency Plan
Strengthen your Home
Know your Evacuation Zone
Gathering Supplies
Staying Safe During The Fire
Safely Returning Home After a Wildfire

Online Resources To Track Wildfire Updates

In recent years, online resources and apps to track wildfires and weather became extremely important. Thankfully, there are several easy sites and apps you can use daily to keep track of wildfires, extreme weather and even poor air quality. We recommend visiting some of these websites and bookmarking them if you live in an area that is at risk for wildfires:

https://www.airnow.gov/

https://www.iqair.com/us/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/weather/wildfire-and-air-quality-tracker/

Note: Boost Oxygen IS NOT a substitute for doctor prescribed medical-grade Oxygen. Our portable 95% Pure Oxygen canisters can provide immediate respiratory support, but our product does not treat or cure breathing conditions that require treatment from a doctor. If you are experiencing breathing issues due to wildfires, please contact your doctor right away or seek immediate medical treatment at a hospital