Air Quality Precautions during Forest Fires
Important Notice Regarding Forest Fires and Air Quality Precautions
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
- Keep all windows and doors, including attached garage doors, closed as much as possible.
- Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Please note that you should not attempt to extinguish the pilot light.
- If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from entering your home.
- Avoid running fans, such as “whole-house fans” or “fresh air ventilation systems,” that may bring smoky outdoor air inside.
- Ensure that all floor registers are switched to the closed position.
- Close fireplace dampers on wood-burning fireplaces and refrain from using wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, or any smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles.
- If you possess room air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, turn them on. Avoid using air cleaners that may produce ozone. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for filter replacement, device placement, and recommended room size.
- If applicable, turn off your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) or put it into re-circulating mode while the air quality remains poor. Remember to turn on the HRV once the air quality improves in the coming days.
- If you need to drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Utilize the re-circulate mode for car fans to prevent the intake of outdoor air. Please note that vehicles should not be used as a means of shelter.
- Reduce levels of physical activity as necessary to minimize the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to keep your nose and mouth moist.
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