Over the last several days, Tennessee has seen a smoky haze and many residents have smelled the smoke from the many wildfires burning throughout the southeast. It may be many more days before the southeast states begin to see relief, and it is important to protect yourself from breathing too much of the smoke.
Smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles, and the microscopic particles can cause respiratory issues and eye irritation. Smoke affects people differently, but it is best to limit your exposure as much as possible.
Older adults and children are more susceptible to be affected by the smoke. You may not experience any symptoms, but your loved one may feel irritation from the particles in the air. There are a few tips to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- Keep your windows and doors closed to prevent additional smoke from coming in your home.
- Avoid using anything that burns inside your home, including candles, gas logs and wood fireplaces.
- Don’t vacuum. Vacuuming stirs up particles already in your home.
- Limit outdoor exercise and walks during this time.
- Pay attention to the local air quality reports.
- If you have asthma or a respiratory condition, make sure you have medicine on hand in case you need it.