HOW TO KEEEP INDOOR AIR CLEAN ON SMOKY DAYS?
California and western United States are experiencing an increasing number of smoky days each year and wildfires have been caused smoky pollution. Wildfire smoke is a public health hazard because it can impact both outdoor and indoor air quality.
Our homes provide a refuge, sheltering us from the elements. But, what our homes are not so good at is maintaining lean indoor air, especially during wildfire smoke events.
Tiny particles are the problem
Wildfires burn wood and other organic material, creating smoke that contains gases and fine particles. These fine particles are smaller than ten microns and these particles are particularly bad for human health. They can be breath into lungs, where they can act as respiratory tract irritants.
Avoid other sources of air pollution
To keep the room’s indoor air clean, avoid other sources of air pollution. Avoid activities that can create fine particles like:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Spraying aerosol products
- Wood burning stoves or fireplaces
- Frying or broiling food
- Burning candles and incense
Create a clean air room
If securing your entire home against smoke is not practical, you can create a clean air room instead. Choose a room in your home that is big and comfortable enough for everyone in your household to spend the day there together. Remember to close all windows and doors to keep smoke from entering the room. Use fans, window air conditioners, or central air conditioning to stay cool while you are in the room. Finally, you should set an air purifier if you have one and run it on its highest setting.
Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.
For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.