Mask Up: How To Protect Your Respiratory System From Wildfire Smoke


Which masks (if any) serve as the best protection against wildfire smoke, and what do experts say about home appliances like air conditioners?

If you live in the Northeastern United States, going outside in the past few days has not been a pleasant experience. Wildfires originating in Canada have coated multiple states in smokey air ranging from moderately smokey to hazerdous.

Protecting your lungs and respiratory system is essential when air becomes this smokey. Here are what experts say about masking up while outside in the wildfire smoke, and what home appliances can be beneficial—and which ones to exercise caution when using.

1. Here are the face masks that will protect you from wildfire smoke. Healthline. June 6, 2023.
2. Air quality alert: Here is where you can get a free KN95 mask in Philadelphia. 6CBS. June 8, 2023. Accessed June 8, 2023.
3. Wildfires and indoor air quality (IAQ). Environmental Protection Agency. Updated June 16, 2021. Accessed June 8, 2023.

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