Wildfire particulate matter may be more harmful than equal amounts of ambient PM2.5.
Wildfires can begin spontaneously but are frequently started by humans, often with disastrous results. Types of wildfires may include forest, brush, and peatland fires, depending on the landscapes affected.
The major causes of these fires are loss of control of burning debris; unattended and improperly extinguished or not extinguished campfires; and sparks or heat transfer from vehicles and equipment like chain saws or recreational vehicles, including trailers.
When wildfires begin, two major questions are asked:
- 1. Does the wildfire threaten people and their personal property?
- 2. Where is the wildfire located—in a forest, grassland, or human-dominated landscape?
Why is Wildfire Smoke a Health Concern?
According to toxicological studies, the health risks associated with PM2.5 from wildfires are up to ten times greater than those associated with PM2.5 from other sources.
Elitech has types of Temtop air quality monitors, including AQI air quality monitor, CO2 air quality monitor, pm2.5 pm10 (particle) air quality monitor, VOCs, HCHO, TVOC air quality monitor. Especially Elitech posses a professional air particle counter for the cleanroom and lighthouse.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), gaseous pollutants (such as carbon monoxide), water vapor, and particle pollution. The biggest threat to the public's health and the primary cause of wildfire smoke is particle pollution.
In those scenarios, keeping track of the air quality is crucial for maintaining our awareness of our health. The state of our health is frequently linked to the quality of the air. There are several tools available today that can help us breathe cleaner air. Understanding the acceptable amounts of contaminants is one of them, and it can help us live a happier and healthier life.