Small particles (from wildfire smoke) with diameters less than or equal to 10 micrometers, are also known as particle pollution or PM10, these can be inhaled deep into the lungs; exposure to the smallest particles can affect the lung and heart. Pregnant women, young children and elderly are the most vulnerable to smoke exposure.
We encourage the N95 mask when outside to prevent people from inhaling the particles that they cannot see. There are other masks out there but if it is not marked as a N95 mask, these other masks will not stop those small particles from going into the lungs and can migrate into the blood stream. A bandanna over the mouth and nose is not effective.
Best practice when there is wild fire smoke is to stay indoors…what about kids they love outdoors. We love our kids and we need to protect them because the results can affect their lungs and issues can occur later such as “asthma”. It is recommended to use a hepa filter air purifier in the house. Check the filter every 3 weeks to make sure the filter is still clean.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at(530) 335-3651.