Boise hasn’t been hit quite as hard by wildfires as some of our Northwest neighbors, but we haven’t been immune to wildfire smoke. While we may not be able to totally limit our exposure to smoke, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch has compiled a list of easy tips to help reduce your exposure while indoors. 

-Air purifiers

When buying an air purifier, it is important to ensure that it does not produce ozone. Additionally, try to stay away from words like “electronic” and “ionizing”. Make sure your air purifier will work for your space by matching its capacity to the square footage of the room it will be used in. 

-DIY box fan purifier

Don’t want to buy a new device for your home? No problem! It is fairly simple to create your own box fan purifier! Click the link below to read the full article, and to check out the DIY box fan instructions. 

-Shoes off

Consider getting a “welcome mat” with tight ribbing to prevent small particles stuck to your shoes from getting tracked into your home. 

-Protect your indoor air 

Reduce your exposure to smoky air as much as you can, and keep doors and windows closed to keep smoke out. If it seems like smoke is still getting in, putting a wet towel at the cracks of doors and windows may help. 

-Air filters

If you have Central Air in your home, you can upgrade the filter system to remove particles from wildfire smoke. 

Click HERE to read the full article by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch for KUOW and NPR!

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