Officials from the Butte County Air Quality Management District and the Public Health Department are asking if your home or business is ready for wildfire smoke.
Both departments recommend residents take the follow steps to reduce your exposure to smoke and particulate matter during the wildfire season:
*Check with your doctor about what you should do during smoke events if you or any family member has heart or lung disease, including asthma. Have a plan to manage your condition.
*Consider keeping several spare high-efficiency filters in storage if you have a central air system. HVAC filters should be rated MERV-13 or equivalent or higher to filter out smoke particles.
*Ask your air conditioning service professional how to close the fresh-air intake of your central air system or room air conditioner.
*Consider purchasing one or more portable HEPA filters if you cannot filter indoor air through a central air system.
*For air quality information you can go to www.butteairquality.com
*For more information on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke you can go to http://bcaqmd.org/resoures-eduation/wildfires/