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California Fires and Smoke Inhalation

California Fires and Smoke Inhalation

Since August 15, wildfires have raged across California, burning over 1.2 million acres of land. Two fires near San Francisco Bay Area are now officially the 2nd and 3rd largest fires in California history. Cal Fire is calling the past week the August Lightning Siege, as lightning strikes have been determined to be the cause of most if not all the fires. 

As of Monday, there were 7,002 active fires burning.

 

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These fires have so far killed 7 people, destroyed tens of thousands of buildings, and displaced hundreds of thousands during a pandemic. In any case, these fires are a disaster, but the current pandemic presents a massive barrier to setting up emergency evacuation shelters while everyone must try to socially distance.

 

The state is doing their best.

 

Governor Newsom has addressed this issue by urging many to find alternate forms of shelter with friends and family. Still the state has provided at least 1,489 people rooms across 31 hotels for those unable to find other shelter. 

 

The Lightning Complex Fires

 

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The LNU Lighting Complex Fire (as it is known) burns through Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, and Lake counties and is 22% contained. All the while the SCU Lightning Complex Fire burns through Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties and is 10% contained. 

 

California's air quality may make you sick. 

 

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Smoke from the fires is making much of Northern California’s air moderately unhealthy to hazardous in some cities. It’s recommended to stay inside until the smoke clears or unless you have a small particulate filter mask. 


This is where NuFacial comes in.

 

We live in California too so we can smell the smoke. That means particulate matter, a mixture of liquid droplets and solid particles, are getting into all of our lungs. This includes soot, ash, tree matter, and other tiny particles that can only be detected with a microscope. These tiny particles can do massive damage inside our bodies including causing long term heart and lung disease. We want to stop this stuff before it gets inside you.

 

NuMasks and NuFilters

 

 

Our NuMasks are tailored to protect from some of the worst pollution and the tiniest particulate matter. Our changeable PM2.5 activated carbon NuFilters catch the fine inhalable particles, with diameters generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller, before they enter your lungs. 

 

We put people before profit.

 

We want to do everything we can to help fellow Californians so we are donating 1,000 NuMasks to displaced and evacuated people in the state. We know some people aren’t able to stay inside or protect themselves from the smoke, but here at NuFacial we put the health of the community before profit. We want to give your lungs the best protection that we can offer.

 

Stay strong California, we stand with you.

 


 

Fire season happens every year in California, and the fires are getting more disastrous as temperatures slowly increase across the world. Keep an eye on the air quality in your area at aqicn.org. If you’re in California like us, protect your lungs by staying inside or wearing a mask outside. It’s never too early to save a lung and give someone a NuMask.


Stay safe and healthy!

 

Sources: EPA, Guardian

 

Written by Alyssa Sanders

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