Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke
As the wildfire in Santa Clarita creates a thick blanket of smoke over the West Valley many have health concerns about the quality of the air. According to the CDC it is important to stay alert and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of fine particles and gas from burning materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
Groups at greater risk from wildfire smoke include:
- People with heart and lung diseases
- Older adults due to their increased risk of heart and lung diseases
- Children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke.
Take precautions to decrease your risk from wildfire smoke. Check your local air quality reports to air conditions. Consult with local visibility guides that measure the amount of particles that are in the air.
Also, keep your indoor air as clean as possible – Keep your air conditioner on if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed if you can. Keep your air conditioner filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting in. You can also avoid indoor activities that increase particulates in the air like burning your fireplace, lighting candles or smoking. Even regular vacuuming can increase particulates.
Lastly, you can also purchase an indoor air purifier with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters use glass fibers in a unique configuration arranged so air is able to pass through the filter while large contaminants such as allergens, mold or dust are captured.
While the Santa Clarita wildfires do pollute the air, there are measures we can take to prevent being adversely affected here in the West Valley.