I really never thought I would write a blog post on forest fire smoke for Seattle, but here we are just finishing up 3 days of dense smoke hundreds of miles from the fires and this morning they are predicting more dense smoke starting Monday from the 56 fires in British Columbia to our north.
Well did we learn anything during the last smoke event?
- Yes, we learned that only an N95 mask will protect you from the particulates and that the stores have run out.
- We learned how uncomfortable it is in our apartments on a 91 degree day with all the windows shut.
- We learned how to make a MacGyver air filter with a box fan for around 30 bucks; but the stores are out of them.
So a few things to do during the calm before the next Smoke Storm:
Go to the hardware store and get a box of N95 Masks while they are in stock, or if you have a Prime account order today and they will be here tomorrow
Get yourself a box fan and a filter to filter your air
Try to adjust your schedule so you don’t spend time exercising or doing lots of out door things. Remember it’s not just smelly, it has small particles that you don’t want lodged in your lungs.
And here from Washington State Department of Health are a bunch of other good tips
Guess I’ll start getting ready for next week too.
What to write about next, falling stars?