As fires burn across the state air quality remains a concern. The smokey conditions aren't just annoying they also pose health risks.
Wildfire smoke is made up of a mix of particles from anything that's been burned, including plants, buildings, and even trash. This makes wildfire smoke particularly damaging for your lungs. Even healthy people may experience trouble breathing normally, a cough, wheezing, and irritated eyes,
During the pandemic, lung health is especially important. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe from the smoke:
- Try to limit your exposure to smoke. That means staying inside when you can.
- Be sure to keep your windows closed so unhealthy air doesn't get into your home.
- If you can change your air filters and use an air purifier. Experts say it would also be beneficial.
- Most people are wearing masks right now but homemade cloth masks won't protect your lungs. However, N95 masks are effective when it comes to smoke. So if you have one be sure to wear it if you go out.