Monitor Air Quality: Stay informed about local air quality by checking real-time air quality indices and wildfire updates. Several websites and apps provide this information. When air quality is poor, limit outdoor activities.
Create a Clean Indoor Environment:
- Seal Leaks: Ensure your home is well-sealed to prevent smoke from entering.
- Use Air Purifiers: Invest in HEPA air purifiers for your home. Make sure to run them in the rooms you spend the most time in.
- Keep Windows and Doors Closed: Seal off your living space to prevent smoke from infiltrating indoors.
Take Medications as Prescribed: Continue taking your prescribed medications regularly. If you use inhalers or nebulizers, keep them nearby in case you need them.
Have a Respirator Mask: Consider having N95 or P100 respirator masks on hand. These masks can provide extra protection when you must go outside or when indoor air quality is compromised. Ensure they fit snugly to your face.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help your body clear out any particles that may have entered your respiratory system.
Plan for Emergencies: Have an emergency kit prepared, including essential medications, important medical records, and a portable oxygen supply if needed.
Stay Informed and Evacuate if Necessary: Listen to local authorities and be ready to evacuate if instructed. Evacuation might be necessary if the wildfire threat becomes too severe.
Stay Calm and Manage Stress: Stress can exacerbate lung conditions. Engage in stress-relieving activities like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga.