What effects do you think the fires out West are having on the air pollution?what would you do if you had to come back to your house which was spared damage but the lingering smell of smoke is...

What effects do you think the fires out West are having on the air pollution?

what would you do if you had to come back to your house which was spared damage but the lingering smell of smoke is making things very difficult? what would you recommend?

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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This is an excellent question, and for people who have respiratory difficulties, a crucial one.  Looking specifically at Colorado and Utah, because of its proximity to Colorado, the pollution information and warnings focus on several specific items:  smoke, ozone, particulate matter, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.  According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, people who have respiratory ailments need to be aware of specific warnings in their area;  in some cases, warnings will be issued for those who are "unusually sensitive" to avoid "prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion", while in other cases, people are instructed to stay in altogether if conditions are deemed "unhealthy for sensitive groups".  Additionally, people are advised to stay inside if the air appears to be getting smokier over time--again, this information is particularly important to anyone with respiratory issues, and it is recommended that one check the web site frequently for updated information and warnings, which may vary and change as wind conditions shift and gain or lose velocity. 

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