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Fire can happen in the wilderness or in the domesticated spaces of our work, school, and homes. It is therefore vital to take some practical steps in preparation and also to learn what generally causes fires so that they can be avoided.
Indoors installing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors is a key step, as are: planning escape routes, careful cooking, managing all heating/cooling/electric appliances, and if a fire does happen staying low (under smoke). Approximately 87% of wildfires in 2022 were caused by humans (NIFC). So be careful when smoking or making a campfire by choosing a safe location, a suitable fire pit, and fully extinguishing that fire (or cigarette) when leaving.
Air quality can be impacted by many factors such as pollution, off gassing, chemical reactions, as well as smoke from massive fires– even many miles away from the source. If you are trapped in a smoke zone or otherwise bad air quality you can ride it out indoors with filtered air and keep the windows/doors closed, wear a ‘K’ or N95 mask, avoid exertion, and don’t fry foods or smoke until the air clears. More info via the links below, stay safe!