Western US Fires Cause Unhealthy Air Quality

If you've seen the local and/or national news, you've seen footage of the horrific fires across virtually all of the western United States - causing numerous deaths, and destruction of homes and communities. It's a tragic event that has come to happen every fall in Southern California, due to the high winds and dry, hot temperatures. And now, it's across not only all of California, but Oregon and Washington as well.

The Most Unhealthy Air on Earth

According to The Insider, the conditions of the air quality due to wildfire smoke across California, Oregon, and Washington, add up to the worst air quality on earth for the inhabitants of those three western states.

Here in Los Angeles, a good 75 miles from the nearest fire (the Bobcat Fire, in the mountains above Glendora), I can't see flames or smoke, but for the past week, the air has been a sickly yellow, stretching all the way to the sea. 

Local news programs note every day to "stay inside", as the air outside, filled with a fine coating of ash (that has blanketed every car parked outside), seems to permeate everything, including the wood floors of your home - and is very noticeable when I wake up every morning with a sore throat!

KTLA News Reports on Unhealthy Air:

"And while officials recommend the use of air purifiers while stuck at home during unhealthy fire conditions, consumers are finding that they are sold out, KTLA sister station KRON in the Bay Area reported."

You Can Take Control of Your Home's Air Quality

Getting a home air purifier is essential in a situation like this - as each year it gets worse. At Survival Gearhead, we have a full supply ready to ship.

Our air quality is so bad, it's mentioned in the New York Times:

  • "Millions of Californians were effectively homebound by toxic air over the weekend in a grim preview of the months that could be ahead. It’s still only September, after all.
  • In my Los Angeles neighborhood, I could smell and feel the smoke in my throat during a short walk down the block on Saturday. A sooty film had settled on the trees and cars, and the sun was visible as a glowing red circle in a gray-brown sky."

And, don't forget to give your pets clean water daily, and only allow them to drink water that's been kept inside, rather than absorb the harmful smoke and ash residue outside.

According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

"If you are close to a wildfire, the fire itself, as well as heavy smoke and ash, can pose serious, immediate risks to your safety and health. You and your family should be prepared to evacuate immediately if told to do so. Farther from a wildfire, you may be exposed to smoke even if the fire itself is far away.

"Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic materials burn. The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system – whether you are outdoors or indoors, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases - and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions." 

The EPA also recommends:

Use a portable air cleaner or high-efficiency filter to remove fine particles from the air.

  • If you use a portable air cleaner, run it as often as possible on the highest fan speed.

Just like getting in charge of your power by owning a generator (from our last blog), taking charge of your home's air quality is easier than you think. It just takes knowing what you need, and clicking a "buy now" button. At Survival Gearhead, we've made that simple.