When it comes to fire safety, the risks are often greater than the fire itself. Smoke from even far away fires can pose risks to individual and public health. As smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to spread and parts of the U.S. enter wildfire season, the U.S. Fire Administration released recommendations to mitigate smoke inhalation risks. 

Security leaders and their employees should check the Air Quality index or Air Now Fire and Smoke Map to make informed decisions about daily activities. If air quality is compromised outside, seek cleaner air spaces inside.

Use air conditioners, heat pumps, fans and window shades to keep air space comfortably cool on hot days. Try not to use equipment that circulates in air from the outside. Limit outdoor time when it is smoky outside or choose lower-intensity activities to reduce smoke exposure. Use an N95 respirator for protection from wildfire smoke.