Oregon Wildfires: Protecting Yourself from Forest Fire Air Pollution

Oregon wildfire

As a series of wildfires run throughout southern Oregon, ash and smoke are being produced at an extremely high rate. These contaminants, even in small quantities, can have significant negative impacts on human health. When produced by large fires like these, they can greatly reduce air quality for miles around. Here’s what you need to know about the Oregon wildfires in terms of their impact on your health and the quality of the air around you.

 

  How Does a Wildfire Impact Health?

 

Though almost all outside air has at least some contaminants in it, they are usually confined to pollen, dust and other such common particles. When a major wildfire breaks out, smoke and ash are pumped into the nearby atmosphere. The result is air that can damage respiratory health, especially in the elderly or those who have a major respiratory condition such as asthma. High levels of air pollution have even been shown to be contributing factors to diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

 

  Dealing With the Impacts of the Oregon Wildfires

 

If you want to keep yourself and your family safe from the negative health impacts of the Oregon wildfires, you have two options. The first is to get away from the affected areas. Needless to say, this isn’t an option that most people in the areas near the fires will be able to exercise, since it involves considerable expense and disruption of normal life. A more practical solution is to control the air quality inside of your home and to stay indoors as much as possible, thus limiting your exposure to the smoke and ash filling the air outside.

 

The best way to do this is to keep your windows closed and to keep an air purifier running inside your house at all times. Since we know there are many people living in the affected areas who may never have used or thought about buying an air purifier before, we here at US Air Purifiers have put together a list of our recommended units that will be the most effective at dealing with the particulates created by the Oregon wildfires and which can be shipped to affected areas most quickly:

 

  • Austin Air HealthMate Plus: Offering mixed HEPA and carbon filters, the Austin Air Healthmate plus is a great solution for removing both ash and gases from the air. Given its 1,500 square feet of coverage, the Healthmate Plus is perfect unit for medium-sized homes and large apartments in the affected areas.
  • IQAir GC Multigas: Another great option for home air purification during wildfires is the IQAir GC plus, an air purifier that effectively removes gases and odors while also eliminating even the smallest particles with HyperHEPA technology.

Other excellent air purifiers for wildfire use include the Blueair Pro L (with additional SmokeStop filter), the Field Controls TRIO and the Rabbit Air Minus A2.

IQAir Availability: Due to unforeseen circumstances with our supplier IQAir we no longer carry their products and filters. We apologize for this inconvenience but do offer competitive IQAir air purifier products which provide the same or better air purifier specifications.  If you have any questions about IQAir from previous purchases from our website or need assistance please contact us directly for help.

Blueair Availability: Due to unforeseen circumstances with our supplier Blueair we no longer carry their products and filters. We apologize for this inconvenience but do offer competitive Blueair air purifier products which provide the same or better air purifier specifications.  If you have any questions about Blueair from previous purchases from our website or need assistance please contact us directly for help.

Another element of ensuring you are safe from the smoke and ash is knowing just how much your area is being affected. For a specific measure of home air quality, we recommend the Foobot personal indoor air quality monitor. This easy to use device will generate reports on your home’s air quality and deliver them directly to your smartphone via an app. For a limited time, the purchase of a Foobot will entitle the buyer to $100 off of the Field Controls TRIO of 10% off of any other residential air purifier.