Wildfires continue to rage out of control in the West, putting thousands of people in danger and destroying millions of acres of property. But it’s not just the fires that endanger people, it’s the smoke that the fires produce. And that smoke threatens not only those on the West Coast, but those in St. George and across the entire U.S.
The Burn Institute reports that half of all deaths related to fires are from smoke inhalation — about 3,000 per year in the U.S. Inhaling smoke causes the air passageways in your lungs to swell, resulting in restricted breathing, and sometimes even death.
But even one serious incidence of smoke inhalation can cause lifelong health issues, according to a University of California, San Francisco, public health news story. Victims can develop asthma and suffer attacks during any subsequent exposures to smoke.
Smoke Clouding Skies over St. George
Red Rock area residents undoubtedly noticed the skies turning hazy from the wildfires. Authorities recommend that on the days with lowest air quality that people wear masks whenever they go outdoors. Inside your home, you expect that you are safe from the smoke — but that may not be the case.
Newer homes are built tighter and offer more protection against cold air and other silent invaders. But regardless of whether you live in a drafty old cottage or a brand-new townhouse, the path the smoke takes to get into your home is through the HVAC system.
Keep Your Family Protected
You may not smell smoke in your home right now, but that doesn’t mean that harmful contaminants have not settled in your air ducts. Your air filter acts as a barrier for contaminants, but it doesn’t keep out 100% of invading particles. And if your filter is low quality or you haven’t changed it in a long time, it’s likely not doing a very good job.
The best way to rid your home of contaminants from the wildfires out West is to schedule an air duct cleaning with Red Rock Clean Air. We’ll get rid of all the toxic pollutants in your air ducts, plus dust, dirt, pollen and more.
The professionals at Red Rock Clean Air recommend air duct cleaning at least one per year — twice if you have someone living in your home with chronic breathing issues.
Safe Air Duct Cleaning in St. George
When you contact the team at Red Rock Clean Air for service, you can be sure that we will use best safety practices when working in your home. All our service personnel wear masks and gloves, and they keep a proper social distance of six feet from homeowners.
We take our field staff’s temperatures every morning to ensure they are healthy and fit to work, and that they are not exposing you to any germs. We also clean our equipment after every home visit.
Call Red Rock Clean Air today to schedule an air duct cleaning service, and ensure your home is free of smoky contaminants.