September 14, 2009 11:09 ET

Wildfire Forecasts Raise Air Quality Concerns; Air Purifiers Can Improve Air Quality

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) - Wildfire experts at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which recently released its annual forecast, expect an intense fire season. The South and West are a concern, with the highest risk in Arizona, New Mexico, California and Washington. The high potential for wildfires creates concern not only about the damage and destruction resulting from these fires, but about subsequent poor air quality.

Consumers need to be concerned not only about the quality of the air outside but also about the condition of their indoor air, as wildfires create what's known as PM-10 -- particles fewer than 10 microns in diameter. These particles are small enough to be inhaled and could possibly trigger health issues. Concerns from exposure to PM-10 include: effects on breathing and respiratory systems and damage. The elderly, children, and people with chronic lung disease, influenza or asthma may be sensitive to the effects of PM-10.

To proactively take steps to help protect themselves and their families from the related indoor air quality effects of nearby wildfires, consumers may want to consider using an air purifier in their home. Effective air purifiers, like Honeywell air purifiers, can help reduce microscopic airborne particles that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Honeywell® HEPA air purifiers capture up to 99.97% of common microscopic household particles such as smoke, dust, pollen and pet dander from the air passing through their filters. In fact, Honeywell True HEPA air purifiers are so efficient; they trap particles as small as 0.3 microns in their filters, helping to reduce the concentration of those harmful particles from the air. Each model features a powerful fan to actively circulate the air in a room, typically several times per hour, helping to pull the air in, filter it and release fresher, cleaner air into the room. In addition, independent lab tests have proven that Honeywell True HEPA air purifiers help reduce airborne bacteria, viruses, mold spores and fungi. Featuring carbon activated pre-filters, Honeywell True HEPA air purifiers will also help reduce smoke odors from your home if you are in an area affected by wildfires.

It's recommended that air purifiers are placed in the areas of the home where people spend the most time, such as bedrooms and family rooms.

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