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How do I handle a smoky atmosphere?

Here in northern Montana it’s forest fire season, so it can get bad even though I am 60 miles from the Rockies.


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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Thinking of you Roger and so many others. Are you in the midst of the fires again? Hoping all is ok.

  • Roger author
    2 years ago

    Well the temperatures have been lower but the smoke is getting worse! With the end of the summer season we see more thunderstorm activity which brings lighting so we have more fires now than before!
    Hopefully things will calm down soon, if not there isn’t going to be much scenery left LoL

  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    I hope that things improve for you and others in the fire areas. Our Black Hills have had some, but not to the extent that you have. We’re finally cooling down to the 80s, I hope you get some relief too, and much needed rain, holding the lightning.

    Janet (site moderator)

  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Roger, I feel for you and all.
    Discussions with others in the past, were that they found the best thing to do was to stay in with the a/c on and hopefully that doesn’t draw in any outside air. Around spaces where air might come in, place a damp towel across that area. Example the front door or window.
    If you have to go out, wear a mask that will cover your nose and mouth. I there isn’t a mask, place a damp cloth over your nose and mouth. Dampness will prevent leakage where a dry one will absorb.
    I wish you well.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Roger author
    2 years ago

    Hi Janet, good idea about the doors and window sills. I hadn’t thoughts of those areas before.
    If you have any more tips please let me know and hopefully we will all get some rain and cooler weather soon..

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Roger and thanks for your post. This is a challenging situation as it is completely environmental, and you’re talking about your home, and you may be sensitive to the smoke, which is why I’m guessing you made your inquiry.
    I would say the best advice would be to stay indoors and keep your air conditioner on. Limit your activity in the outdoors. If you need to go out and are using your car/truck, keep the windows closed, the air conditioner on and use the ‘recirculate’ feature. You may want to use a mask that covers your nose and mouth as an additional precaution if you find that is helpful for you.

    I’m hopeful others will chime in with their suggestions too.
    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    Good luck!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    It’s our pleasure Roger. And, you’re right, city folks do have issues with pollution and smog in the urban environment. A damp mask sounds like it will really be of help. Thanks for sharing that with us.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Roger author
    2 years ago

    Hi Leon,Thank you for your response, I can well imagine that someone in a large city would have the same issues with smog also. I’ve discovered that a damp mask helps even more with particulates in the air if it’s really bad outside.

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