Precautions for Natural or Biological Disasters
Natural disasters and national emergencies have appeared in the news in recent years. An awareness of disastrous events has caused the public to educate itself in order to minimize the effects that these events can have on general health and wellbeing.
It is important to obtain helpful and correct information on how to protect ourselves and our families from harmful elements in our environment. Biological attacks can release dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC's) into the air. A flood can cause airborne mold to infiltrate the air that we breathe. Many possible events can contaminate our breathing air. However, we can take steps to ensure the quality of our air and the health and safety of our families.
Tips to help secure your home
Shielding yourself from contaminated air through means of a physical barrier may be necessary. You can use plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover windows, air vents and doors if you need to seal off a room from potentially harmful air.
If you look outside and notice a lot of debris floating around in the air, you may need to seal off rooms in your home in order to prevent debris from entering your breathing air. It may be helpful to take measurements of your vents, doors and windows in advance and cut the materials to the appropriate size. This will save you time and effort in the event of a serious emergency when time is of the essence.
You may also want to have facemasks on hand in order to protect your nose and mouth from polluted air. These masks should be made of densely woven cotton. It is of the utmost importance that masks fit each family member as securely as possible. Purchasing masks in advance and testing them out will alert you to further precautions that need to be taken in order to create the best seal. You can purchase masks of this sort at your local hardware store. Remember, the seal is the most important element of the mask. Air should be forced through the mask in order to filter out debris in the air. If air can slip between the sides of the mask and your face due to a loose seal, the mask is rendered ineffective. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in need of a mask and do not have one handy, use whatever you have on hand that is made of densely woven material and that creates a solid seal around your nose and mouth.
HEPA air purifiers are extremely useful in the event of an emergency. While you may have sealed off your home to the best of your ability and placed a mask over your nose and mouth, microscopic particles are difficult to keep out of your air and odds are they will make their way into your home and possibly your lungs despite your best efforts.
HEPA air purifiers are specially designed to target microscopic particles and clean your breathing air of particulates and contaminants that can damage your lungs or make you sick. Hospitals and other environments that require pristine air widely use HEPA air filters. HEPA air filters remove a minimum of 99.97% of all airborne particles greater than or equal to 0.3 microns in diameter. They effectively prevent the re-circulation of these contaminants back into the air that you breathe. Particles that HEPA air purifiers can remove include mold spores, dust, soot, bacteria and even viruses. These high-powered machines are the best protection that money can buy in the event of a disaster or simply to ensure clean and pure breathing air every day from indoor allergens.
- Administration Staff