California's recent wildfires taught me an important lesson: You don't need to live inside the exact boundaries of a natural disaster to risk the potential health problems it might create. Despite living many miles from those fires, our skies turned brownish-orange and our air quality deteriorated drastically, with fluffy ash accumulating on our cars overnight like tiny gray snowflakes.
It was scary! And it was made even more frightening by our inability to answer these three simple questions:
- Exactly what kind of pollutants, if any, are in our air?
- Is it safe to breathe or exert ourselves outside?
- If the air's not safe, how can we protect ourselves from the pollution?
After doing some searching, I discovered that there are apps that can help you answer these questions. In the video below, I review a few of my favorites and make a recommendation about a readily-available safety mask that can help you keep your lungs healthy if you need to work or play outside when the air is bad. If you find it valuable, please share it with a friend. It could help you both get through bad air events with your lungs (and your health) intact.
|YouTube Video: Monitor Your Air Quality w/Plume, |
State of the Air, BreezoMeter & AirNow (+ recommended safety mask)
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