August 6, 2021
With smoke from wildfires having become more of a concern recently as fires burn in several western states, air quality experts from the Salt Lake County Department of Health warn that even if you are not not in the immediate vicinity of a fire, smoke imported by weather systems can still be a health problem, especially for people with underlying health conditions.
Smoke can enter a home through natural routes such as open doors or windows, mechanical routes such as an HVAC system, or through the infiltration of cracks or small openings in the structure.
The following tips are based on EPA guidelines and may vary depending on your location in relation to a fire, but they are generally among the most effective ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home and protect your health when the outdoor air quality is poor. because of the smoke from forest fires.
Reducing overall exposure to smoke during wildfires is the best thing you can do to protect your lung health. This is especially important for vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly or if you have pre-existing heart or lung disease. For more information, visit epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires.
This press release was produced by the Salt Lake County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.