As Bushfires have recently resurged in numerous parts of Australia, we reflect on the unprecedented bushfire season of 2019-2020. We are reminded of the profound impact it had on our communities, especially on our children. The effects of bushfire smoke on air quality were felt far and wide, with areas like Sydney, Newcastle-Maitland, Canberra-Queanbeyan, and Melbourne experiencing levels of "Poor" or worse Air Quality Index.
Children, with their developing airways and higher respiration rates relative to their body weight, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of bushfire smoke. It is crucial that we take proactive measures to protect their health and well-being.
Understanding the Threat: Particulate Matter
Bushfire smoke, akin to other forms of air pollution, contains harmful gases and particulate matter. Among these, PM2.5 - particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter - poses the greatest concern. These tiny particles, when inhaled, penetrate deep into the lungs, and even enter the bloodstream. The Global Burden of Disease Study underscores PM2.5 as the most significant environmental risk factor in Australia, accounting for 1.6 percent of the total disease burden in 2017.
Euromate's Vision Air BlueLine: Your Shield Against Smoke Particles
With the Euromate VisionAir Blue Line or PAS3300, our highly efficient air purifier for smoke, you can achieve up to 99% indoor air filtration within classrooms, creating a healthier and cleaner environment. Not only does it ensure safety for your students, but it also translates to reduce the maintenance costs of your air conditioners and other equipment. Protecting the well-being of children has never been easier.
Mitigating Exposure: Practical Steps for Schools
To reduce exposure to bushfire smoke, schools can adopt the following measures:
Monitor Air Quality: Keep a close eye on air quality using the EPA’s guide for schools and early childhood centers. You can also utilise our portable CO2 Monitor, to closely monitor every room off your smart phone. When smoke is visible or readings are high, precautions should be taken.
Seal Indoor Spaces: Close windows and doors until outdoor air quality improves. This step is crucial in preventing the infiltration of harmful particles.
Utilise Air Purifiers: Invest in air purifiers equipped with high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filters. Proper sizing and sealing of the room are essential for optimal performance.
Protecting Our Schools
Researchers from the University of Tasmania have highlighted the staggering impact of bushfire smoke on health. In the 2019-2020 bush fires, the smoke was not only responsible for 33 direct deaths but also contributed to 417 excess deaths, 1124 hospitalisations for cardiovascular issues, and 2027 hospitalisations for respiratory problems.
At Euromate Pure Air, we stand committed to safeguarding our communities, especially our children. By investing in the right filtration systems and taking practical steps, you can create spaces where your students can learn and thrive, even in the face of environmental challenges.
Together, we can build a healthier, cleaner future.
Speak to one of our Indoor Air Specialists today.