Last week the entire east coast had an orange air quality alert, for over a week! It was due to a wildfire in Canada, combined with high winds that caused smoke and particles to drift south. It has since been lifted, but I noticed lots of people, in our area, basically ignoring the warnings, while many others were complaining of chest congestion and headaches. It’s inevitable that more poor air quality alerts will happen, so I thought I’d share some information about them.
Air quality alerts are issued when there is an elevated level of air pollution.
This can be caused by a variety of factors including wildfires, industrial emissions, and vehicle exhaust. During these alerts, it is important to take measures to protect your health and well-being.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
· Stay indoors as much as possible: When the air quality is poor, it is best to stay indoors and avoid any strenuous physical activity. If you must go outside, try to limit your time spent outdoors.
· Keep your windows and doors closed: This will help to prevent any polluted air from entering your home. If you have an air conditioning system, make sure it is set to recirculate the air indoors.
· Use an air purifier: Investing in an air purifier can help to filter out any pollutants in the air. Make sure to choose a purifier that is appropriate for the size of your home.
· Wear a mask: If you must go outside during an orange alert, wearing a mask can help to filter out any pollutants in the air. Look for masks that are specifically designed for this purpose.
· Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help to flush out any toxins in your body. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day, especially if you are spending time outdoors.
Keep an eye on the air quality index:
Check the air quality index regularly to stay up to date on any changes in the air quality. This can help you to make informed decisions about when to stay indoors and when it is safe to go outside.
By following these safety tips, you can help to protect your health and well-being during air quality alerts. Keeping an eye on the air quality can also help you stay informed, so you don't need to stress about going outside. You can choose joy by choosing the optimal times for you to enjoy the great outdoors.