California is currently being ravaged by wildfires and has been a fixture in news headlines for wildfire outbreaks the past three years. They are a national problem. In areas with large vegetation and dry conditions, they can spark up quickly from human error, lightning strike, or a spark from a power line or a car.
Wildfires Are Product of Climate Change
In its 2020 State of the Air Report, the American Lung Association (ALA) reported that wildfires are a major driver of poor air quality.
“This shows growing evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health. All three years ranked among the five hottest years in history, increasing high ozone days and widespread wildfires, putting millions more people at risk and adding challenges to the work cities are doing across the nation to clean up” – ALA, 2020 State of the Air Report
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that the smoke from the recent wildfires in Northern California may impact the air several thousand miles away in Iowa and Minnesota.
Since they generate so much air pollution, homeowners will not be able to open their windows for fresh air ventilation. Whole-home air purifiers and mechanical ventilation systems can help.
Solutions to Air Pollution
A mechanical ventilation system can provide important change-outs to help homeowners bring in fresh air. An air purifier can help capture any other stray airborne contaminants.
As temperatures continue to rise, the possibility of wildfires and their harmful byproducts also increases.
AirNow, a collaboration of researchers from NASA, the NOAA, EPA National Parks Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other state and local agencies helps provide constant updates on air quality in your area.
This resource helps provide insightful information to local homeowners so they can protect their indoor air.