Good news: the thick wildfire smoke is finally easing up across the state. But don't breathe too easy just yet... The bad news? We need to keep an eye on the air quality index in the coming weeks.
Air quality meteorologist David Brown warns that we're in for a smoky summer, similar to last year, but ahead of schedule. Canada's wildfire season hasn't even started, and they've already broken records for land area burned. So, be prepared for more haze.
To protect yourself, consider wearing face masks like N95 or KN95. Staying indoors is wise, but don't forget about indoor air quality. Clean your furnace and AC filters, use portable air purifiers, and avoid using stoves and ovens when conditions are poor outside.
Remember, this smoky air issue worsens existing inequalities. People with limited resources may face greater health risks. Let's address these disparities and ensure everyone's well-being.
Enjoy the temporary relief, but stay alert. The haze might return sooner than you think.