Natural disasters like floods, tornados, hurricanes, windstorms or wildfires introduce numerous health concerns in their wake. One such health risk has to do with the quality of air following such disasters.
Natural disasters can introduce a variety of pollutants into the air, from carbon monoxide to molds, to chemicals and smoke, some of which can poisonous and even lethal.
Proper Ventilation is Critical
Again, natural disasters can leave a lot of chemicals and other pollutants in their wake. As such, proper ventilation is critical. Check the state of your HVAC system to ensure that it’s good in working order.
Choose a HEPA Air Filter
On the topic of air filters, it’s important to choose a HEPA air filter because this is the most powerful type of filter on the market. It’s capable of eliminating 99.97% of contaminants that are as small as 0.3 microns.
Dry Wet Items Quickly
After a natural disaster like a hurricane, or where water damage has occurred, your home can quickly become infested with mold. It’s important to dry wet surfaces and items quickly and to remove items that can’t be dried.
Position Your Portable Generator Safely
After a natural disaster like a flood, many homeowners and businesses have to rely on portable generators as a source of electricity. However, if these aren’t positioned in a safe place, they can introduce lethal exhaust and fumes that could kill you in minutes.
Therefore, ensure that your generator is placed outside and far away from the building. It should never be placed in a garage, on balconies, or near doors, vents or windows.
But before you do that, it’s important to replace the filters and clean all of the vents in your home or business thoroughly.
Typically, it is advised to keep doors and windows closed (but if the air quality outside is okay, then you can also ventilate your home by opening your doors and windows).
The problem with small particles is that they have the greatest health risk because they can get deep into your lungs and even into your bloodstream.
Carbon filters are also important after natural disasters that involve a lot of smoke.
APC Filtration has been working in air filter design, engineering, manufacturing and testing for industrial, commercial and household equipment for over 35 years.
We are a certified manufacturer. We develop very powerful HEPA air filters, as well as custom air filters, to protect those in every industry. Contact us for more information.