|Vacuuming can stir up dust.|
The map above is not able to show all state air quality monitors. To see the whole set, go to the Air Quality Now tab below and click on DEQ's Air Quality Index which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors. Round icons represent permanent state air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Clearing the Air Inside
When wildfire smoke lingers outside, it seems invariably to find its way inside too. Here are some suggestions on keeping the air in your home and car as clean as possible.
In Your Home
Shut it down: Keep your windows and doors tightly closed.
Get a filter: A high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) or electrostatic precipitator filter (ESP) can be a good investment for people who are sensitive to health effects of smoke because they help clean smoke particles out of your indoor air.
Air things out: Particularly if you don’t have an air filter, watch for the smoke to clear. During those times, open your doors and windows to “air out” your home.
Reduce indoor air pollution: Avoid lighting candles, vaping or smoking (tobacco, marijuana, or other products). Also, avoid using gas, propane, or wood-burning stoves.
Postpone your chores: Vacuuming can stir up dust. Put it off as long as you can.
In Your Car
Roll ‘em up: Keep your windows up and vents closed
Cool down: Use the car’s air conditioning if the air in the car gets too warm and set it to re-circulate.
Take a break: Learn whether there are cleaner air spaces along your travel route that you could use if you need them.
Listen to your doctor: If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, follow your disease management plan. Contact your health care provider with specific questions.
Keep indoor air clean: Avoid smoking. It might make you want to roll those windows down for fresh air, and that might be in short supply.
For more information on precautions you can take during wildfires, check out the Smoke and Health tab above.