This summer, we have seen many days where the outdoor air quality is poor due to the wildfires in Canada. Just when it seems like we’re in the clear, the fires ramp up again bringing hazy smoke to Long Island. Many people wonder what they can do to stay safe during the wildfires, and aren’t sure if there are any products available that can help.
In this article, we’ll share some of the most frequently asked questions about the Canadian wildfires and the smoke they have been producing. We’ll also tell you what T.F. O’Brien can do to help you ensure that the air in your home is as fresh and clean as possible. Keep reading below to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Canadian Wildfires
Are the Canadian wildfires over?
Unfortunately, no. As of July 18, there were still more than 880 active fires across Canada. Because it has been very difficult to get the wildfires under control, it is likely that we in New York will still be affected by the residual smoke for some time.
What kind of fumes are emitted by wildfires?
Wildfire smoke is typically a mixture of particulates, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, nitrogen oxides, and trace minerals. This smoke is from the burning of trees and other vegetation. When homes and other structures succumb to wildfire as well, other chemical compounds are released into the air.
Who is most at risk for health concerns when breathing wildfire smoke?
While breathing in wildfire smoke is not ideal for anyone, there are certain members of the population that need to take extra precautions. People with asthma, COPD, or other respiratory diseases are at very high risk, as well as anyone with cardiopulmonary concerns. Children, the elderly, and those who are pregnant or nursing should also take additional safety members. Anyone who works outdoors should consider wearing protective gear when there is an air quality alert in their area.
Does running my air conditioning system help?
If you have a central air conditioning system or a ductless system, running your system may help keep the air cleaner in your home. Window air conditioning systems may not be as effective unless they have a tight seal with the window frame. Otherwise, the polluted air can leak in. Portable air conditioner use may result in outdoor smoke being drawn into the home.
Are there any indoor air quality products that can help me and my family stay safer?
Proper filtration and air cleaning are key, especially for anyone who could be at increased risk of health problems due to wildfire smoke. T. F. O’Brien can help you get the right filter for your HVAC system and help you with advanced air cleaning as well.
We help you filter the air in your home by installing a highly efficient air cleaner. This is a much more effective solution than standard filters. And, we can install a photocatalytic oxidizing air purifier to chemically treat the air to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are the byproducts of common household materials like paint, carpet, vinyl flooring, air fresheners, cleaning products, and more, as well as other pollutants like smoke.
Trust T.F. O’Brien to help you get the advanced air filters and air cleaners you need.
Of course, you can always count on T.F. O’Brien to help you should you have any additional concerns about the quality of the air in your home. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we will be more than happy to help you.