A large amount of gaps in air quality sensors has led to the formation of blind spots in the warning systems present in Western U. S. This issue needs to be addressed looking at the wildfire smoke plumes sweeping North America this summer. There have been growing concerns regarding the impact of such malfunctioning. There needs to be a proper system to save people from getting exposed to pollution. The health of people is of utmost importance and needs to be looked after.
People Exposed To Breathing Issues Gaps In Wildfire Gaps In Wildfire Smoke Warning
Several g programs that are aware and inform people about the increasing smoke levels and when they become dangerous for your health to rely on the data on th0 permanent monitoring stations. Apart from this, a lot of mobile units are also used that are employed for the same purpose.
The concentration of these stations is high at places like the Mississippi River and cities around the West Coast. Often, some people like those in rural areas remain unaware of the consequences the high levels of smoke can cause.
Also, these are the areas where the air quality starts degrading quickly as soon as something is ignited nearby. Further, the issue involved here is that the smoke travels to a far greater distance as compared to a place where the fire took place and therefore, poses risk to public health.
It has been observed that there is a shortage of resources and the process of climate change is continuously causing an increase in the number of wildfire seasons in the U.S. West, southern Europe, and eastern Russia.
For people suffering from chronic diseases, the presence of microscopic particles in fire and smoke can lead to breathing and several other severe health-related issues if inhaled. There are still researches being conducted on its long-term effects. It becomes difficult to handle recurring health emergencies without proper means of dealing with them. Smoke exposure leads to around 20,000 premature deaths a year in the US.
An individual can be sitting in his/her office and simply breathing but he might not know that he is breathing smoke. This is something that cannot be controlled. Missoula has become notorious as a smoke trap. All across the region are similar mountain valleys, many without pollution monitors, and smoke conditions can vary greatly from one valley to the next.
The smoke also led to the release of the evacuation orders for Lame Deer as the smoke levels went extremely high. It became important for people to save their lungs and move away till the situation got back to normal. The people across Montana were advised to avoid prolonged exposure to smoke in order to save their lungs and life.
Further, Lame Deer sits between a couple of ravines and whenever smoke starts to sustain, it gets collected, it just sits there and this is not good especially for the kids and old age groups. It can lead to asthma or several other breathing issues. However, with the technological advancements, it is now also possible to buy the monitoring equipment on your own. The equipment must be reliable and should provide you with correct readings