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Preventing Smoke and Pollutants in your Home

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

From Wildfires

 

When a wildfire is nearby your home, smoke can make the outdoor air unhealthy to breathe. You should be aware that the smoke and particles from outside can make its way inside your home. These are a few EPA suggestions on protecting yourself from smoke and particles in the air. Some may advise you to create a clean room if there's a wildfire nearby your home.


This will prevent you from breathing the wildfire smoke if you are indoors. There are microscopic particles from wildfires that can get into your eyes and respiratory system, whether indoors or outdoors, this can cause illness and affect ones with heart and lung diseases. It can cause burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis.


For a clean room, you have to shut windows and doors. Run fans and A/C, with A/C, turn off the fresh air intake, if possible. Dust or mop surfaces in the cleanroom with a damp cloth to keep settled particles from getting back into the air. Keep windows and doors shut, as much as possible. When going outside, it is important to cover with a mask recommended an N95 respirator mask.


Tips on how to create a cleanroom;

  • Shut windows and doors

  • Update your A/C filter

  • Use Portable air clean

  • Use High-efficiency HVAC system filter

  • Dusting often

  • Use N95 respirator masks


Avoid activities that cause smoke or particles indoors;

  • burning candles or incense

  • smoking cigarettes

  • spraying aerosol products

  • Using gas, propane, or wood-burning stoves and furnaces.

  • Frying or broiling food.

  • Vacuuming, unless you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.


EPA says “Portable air cleaners and HVAC filters can reduce indoor air pollution; however, they cannot remove all pollutants from the air.”


The most effective ways to improve your indoor air quality are to remove the pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. You can purchase a portable air cleaner or upgrading the A/C filter in your home is recommended. If you have a window air conditioner, find out how to close the outdoor air damper. If you have a portable air conditioner with a single hose, typically vented out of a window, do not use it in smoky conditions.


You may wonder how smoke and particles can get into homes. Here are a few ways how it does.

  • through open windows and doors

  • ventilation devices such as bathroom or kitchen fans

  • air conditioning (HVAC) systems with a fresh air intake

  • through small openings, joints, cracks, around windows and doors

 

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