I am sad to say that fire season is officially here in Colorado. There are a couple burning in the state now and it's never a good time. I really hope that nobody is injured because of the Black Forest Fire burning in Monument Colorado. This fire has impacted over 9,000 people but there are no reports of injuries or deaths so far. Thanks to all the firefighters and officials for what they do!!!
I realize that wildfires are a healthy part of ecosystem cycles but it's so sad when people and animals are hurt or lose their homes.
The wind is blowing the smoke from this massive fire right into Denver. I am lucky that the only impact this has on me is that I can't breath well and I smell like a camp fire. So tonights workout will not happen given the air quality and my already compromised lungs.
In case any of you will be impacted by wildfires this summer, I copied this from the Colorado Department of health website
There are a few simple actions you should consider that can minimize exposure to smoke that makes its way into a community. The extent of the precautions you take should reflect how heavy the smoke is, how long it lasts, and your household's risk as described above.
What can you do if smoke from wildfires is affecting you and your family?
- If you smell smoke and/or are beginning to experience symptoms, consider temporarily locating to another area as long as it is safe for you to do so.
- Seek out locations where air is filtered. For example, heading to the local mall, movie theater or recreation center can provide some temporary relief. Local health officials often can help locate places with better air quality during extended smoke episodes.
- Close windows and doors and stay indoors. However, do not close up your home tightly if it makes it dangerously warm inside.
- Only if they are filtered, run the air conditioning, the fan feature on your home heating system (with the heat turned off) or your evaporative cooler. Keep the outdoor air intake closed and be sure the filter is clean. Filtered air typically has less smoke than the air outdoors. Running these appliances if they are not filtered can make indoor smoke worse.
- If you have any HEPA room air filtration units, use them.
- In smokey air reduce your physical activity level. Avoid exercise or other strenuous activities in heavy smoke. If smoke is simply unpleasant or mildly irritating, changing the timing of a few activities may be all that is necessary.
- Give extra attention to the things that help keep a person healthy at any time. Make healthy eating choices, drink plenty of fluid, get ample sleep, and exercise in clean air. To the extent that you can, avoid or mitigate stress by keeping in touch with friends and family, exercising, and using other methods of taking a break from worries.
- Avoid smoking secondhand smoke, vacuuming, candles and other sources of additional air pollution.
- Commercially available dust masks may seem like a good idea, but they do virtually nothing to filter out the particles and gasses in smoke.
- At night smoke may move in different directions than smoke does in the day, and can be heavy--especially if the outdoor air is still. It tends to be worst near dawn.
- Close bedroom windows at night.
If symptoms persist or become more severe, please contact your primary health care provider.
- To prepare for nighttime smoke, consider airing out your home during the early or middle of the afternoon when smoke tends to be more diluted. Use your best judgment. If smoke is thick during the day, follow the tips above.
Please stay safe out there friends!