Thick, pungent smoke from wildfires in Canada has reached the United States. Air quality in New York City and much of the northeastern United States has deteriorated markedly, with many residents donning masks to protect themselves. We decided to tell you how to act in such situations, and what to do in case of smoke and smog.
Smoke from a fire contains a mixture of gases, particles and chemicals. If you inhale smoke, you may experience temporary irritation to your eyes, nose, and throat. People with asthma, cardiovascular or respiratory conditions may be more vulnerable to smoke exposure.
Because of the smog New York ranked first in air pollution.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced a ground stop for flights bound for LaGuardia Airport in New York due to smoke, writes CNN.
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Flights bound for LaGuardia are delayed at their departure airports. The FAA report cited "poor visibility" due to smoke as the cause.
So in the short term New York City Department of Health advises:
- stay at home and keep windows closed;
- if you are using an air conditioner, close the air inlet to prevent it from entering your home;
- follow the air quality warnings;
- use an air purifier.
In addition, you can take a few more measures to help you in case of smoke or smog.
To begin with, if possible, take out children, the elderly and people suffering from chronic heart and respiratory diseases.
Also, try not to go outside unnecessarily.
If the smog seems to be receding and you want to ventilate the room, do not do this in the morning and at night. It is during this period that the concentration of harmful particles in the air is the highest.
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Reduce any physical activity and try not to use any form of transport.
Take multivitamins for food poisoning if you are not allergic to these drugs.
If the smoke is quite strong, wear special masks or respirators. Some New Yorkers are already doing it.
If you or your loved ones have a chronic disease, you should never stop taking or reduce the dosage of medications. If the condition worsens, you should immediately consult a doctor.
While in a house or apartment, try to maintain very high humidity inside. Turn on humidifiers, air conditioners, do wet cleaning, or just put ice in front of a fan. Moisture collects harmful particles. In addition, take a cool shower more often and rinse your throat and nose.
Try to refrain from smoking and alcoholic beverages. If you feel unwell or have coughing fits, contact your doctor immediately, this may be a sign of poisoning.
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After the air is cleared, the smell can remain on clothes and furniture for up to 2 weeks. Try to wash everything thoroughly. Also be sure to treat porous surfaces that have also absorbed odors.
For prevention in the future, you can try to do breathing exercises, which in turn will help you to endure air problems more easily.