How Can You Survive the Wildfire Smoke in San Francisco?

Yesterday, October 9, most parts of San Francisco city have remained smoky. This was especially noticeable at night when most of the residents didn’t sleep thinking that the city was on fire. Today in the morning, photos of dogs, backyards and bathroom sinks covered with ash have increased fear among the residents. Although these images don’t depict the exact situation, bad air quality is now a significant problem in the city. Residents especially those with respiratory diseases have suffered.

Harmful Effects

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wildfire smoke contains a mixture of several gases and fine particles from burning plants. The smoke has adverse effects on eyes and lungs. The smoke also exacerbates chronic heart diseases as well as irritating respiratory systems. Individuals without pre-existing conditions can suffer side effects such as sore throats, troubled breathing, and headaches.

AirNow, an air quality agency under the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the conditions in San Francisco are unhealthy. According to their survey, areas lying on the east and west of the city are highly toxic that central parts.

What Is The Solution?

Many city residents have resulted into wearing face masks to limit the level of exposure to the particles. However, the CDC has stated that these traditional masks can only capture large particles such as those of sawdust. This means that the fine particles from wildfire smoke can easily pass through the filters. They have urged citizens to turn to particulate respirators, which are commonly sold with words such as NIOSH, N95, and P100. Residents should also ensure that they change the masks daily.

Commendable Efforts from Firefighters

Local firefighters have assembled in large numbers to put off the flames in Napa, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma. Residents are also urged to join with the firefighters to assist where they can in making San Francisco healthy again. Every citizen hopes that this disastrous menace goes away soon to allow people start rebuilding process.

Caution

San Francisco citizens have been urged to be extra careful when cooking, smoking cigarettes or when burning candles indoors. The Department of Public Health has directed the City Homeless Outreach team to perform checks on residents living on the streets. Residents who make requests can be transported to MSC South, Next Door Shelter, Medical Respite, and Sobering Center.


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