The huge fires in Australia in 2021 have wiped out many animals and cast a dark shadow over the lives of local people.
Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze, and it can make it hard for you to breathe. For people with severe asthma or lung disease, such extreme conditions can cause discomfort and even shock.
The best protection against the outdoors is to go indoors and stay away from extreme conditions, and to reduce physical activity and get some rest.
For ordinary people, the best plan when outdoors is to wear a relevant protective mask and comfortable goggles.But most people will find it difficult to wear masks properly. Because if the mask can not be worn correctly, it will provide little or no protection. Using a breathing mask can make breathing more difficult. Anyone with lung or heart disease should consult their healthcare provider before using any mask.
Will the mask protect me from the wildfire smoke?
Properly worn breathing masks can provide some protection by filtering out the fine particles in the smoke. Masks do not help the harmful gases in the smoke.
What mask should I buy?
The N95 respirator (Certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and KN95 are the most affordable and useful masks which can effectively protect your lungs from wildfire smoke.