Where There's Smoke

November 03, 2022

The calendar may say it’s fall, but that doesn’t mean wildfire season is over.

Many are still feeling the impact of wildfires, with smoke and other particulate matter affecting their daily lives. For example, Seattle briefly had the lowest air quality in the world.

And while the fires may seem like a West Coast issue, the smoke isn’t.

Smoke can travel hundreds of miles and affect states long before its residents become aware of the danger. Fires can also pop up in all areas of the country, such as the 1,050-acre Pilot Mountain fire in North Carolina.

Try the following tips to breathe easy::

  • Stay In - Avoid outdoor activities. If you have to go out, check air quality on the news or apps like AirVisual.
  • Filter It - Use a high-efficiency filter for your HVAC or try a portable air filter.
  • Wear N95 - Masks with respirators like this one help filter out the bad stuff.

Hopefully, you won’t ever be in harm’s way when it comes to wildfires. But if you are, remember the tips above and stay safe.