The number of AP threads discussing wildfire and associated poor air quality have been plentiful given the increase in wildfire severity and area burned in areas where orienteers live, train, and/or race in recent years.
Here is an excellent article on how to prepare for the worst. https://theconversation.com/prepare-for-the-worst-...
Thanks for posting.
If you buy the popular Conway air filter, you MUST OPEN the appliance and REMOVE THE PLASTIC covering the filter before use. The only indication that you have to do anything more than plug it in is on page 10 of the instructions in tiny print. Most people (like me and many people I know) only figure it out when they go to change the filter. It makes me so angry that they do this as there are so many people who are trying to do the right thing to protect their family, and it’s not working (and there is no indication that anything is wrong...looking on Amazon reviews looks like it can also overheat/break if you fail to remove the filter).
Living in San Francisco, I am pretty nervous about the coming fire season in terms of air quality. The red sky day last year in which the street lights never turned off was heartbreaking. And it looks likely this year will be worse.
A friend recommended Cambridge Mask Company, so I’m giving them a try. Thanks Hammer for being the impetus to my actually sitting down and ordering some before fire season.