2022 Wildfire Forecast for July, August, and September

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2022 Wildfire Forecast and Air Quality Impact

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Wildfires can have devastating impacts on human life, displacing people from their homes and putting property at risk.

Beyond the immediate path of wildfires, smoke and ash can travel for hundreds of miles and impact air quality for people in surrounding areas for days or weeks.

Unfortunately, wildfires are expected to increase this year and for the foreseeable future, even reaching areas of the United States that in recent history were not at great risk.

Typically, June, July, and August experience the most wildfire activity. Let’s see what the current forecast tells us about wildfires for the 2022 summer season.

Wildfires in the United States

As of late June 2022, about 3,360,037 acres of land in the United States had burned from wildfires. This far exceeds the 10-year average of 1,332,551 acres burned over the same time period.

The primary causes of this intense wildfire activity are drought, lack of precipitation, and extreme temperatures. These factors set the stage for variable weather conditions in any given area to determine if wildfires will begin and how large they become.

Forecasting wildfires can be tricky because they’re so dependent on local weather conditions in addition to human activity. But it’s important to have an understanding of the risk level and potential impacts.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) creates a forecast each year as part of its Predictive Services report. So far in 2022, the U.S. is 110% above average for burned acreage, with much of the activity occurring in the west and southwest areas of the country.

Here’s a look at the wildfire forecast for the upcoming months:

July 2022 Wildfire Forecast via NIFC Predictive Services

July Wildland Fire Potential

August 2022 Wildfire Forecast via NIFC Predictive Services

August 2022 Wildfire Potential

September 2022 Wildfire Forecast via NIFC Predictive Services

September 2022 Wildfire Potential

The Air Impact of Wildfires

The large red areas indicate an above-average potential for wildfires. Clearly, many areas of the country are at risk of both direct and indirect damage from wildfires this year.

To prepare for the impact of wildfires, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest sealing up windows, and using a portable air purifier or installing high-efficiency air filters.

Remember that, even after the fire ends, smoke can stay in the air for several days, so it’s important to take precautions until your outdoor air quality is deemed healthy. Ash will also linger and can be kicked up during the cleaning process, so wear a mask or other protection while cleaning surfaces indoors and outdoors.

Wildfires are impossible to avoid, so it’s essential to stay aware of the forecasts and prepare for all possibilities as we head into the hottest part of the year. Prioritize keeping yourself and your family safe, and be aware of local guidelines during times of emergency.

 

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Ozone Exposure and Your Health

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Your plan for keeping yourself and your family healthy this summer likely includes:

Part of the weather forecast that is important to understand, but is often overlooked, is the amount of ground-level ozone in your area. Stratospheric ozone provides a protective layer from the sun’s powerful radiation, but when ozone exists at ground level, it can be dangerous to human health. It forms when pollution from automobiles and industrial activity reacts with sunlight, meaning ozone reaches its highest levels of concentration on hot, sunny days.

Health Impacts of Ozone Exposure

Our understanding of ozone’s impact on human health continues to grow. It has been known to cause temporary symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath, and long-term impacts like damaged airways, more frequent asthma attacks, and premature death.

Recently, a 2022 study also linked ozone exposure to a rise in depression among children aged 9–13. Researchers found that those who reported higher levels of depression were more likely to live in areas that experienced higher levels of ozone exposure.

The exact cause of this association is not known, but researchers suggest that children may be more susceptible to it because they spend more time outdoors than adults. As for why increased ozone exposure might cause depression, researchers said it may be due to pollution and ozone causing an inflammatory response in the body, which has previously been linked to depression.

Another study linked excessive ozone exposure to cognitive impairment in older adults.

Controlling Ozone Exposure

Ozone exposure and the air pollution that helps create it can have a large impact on physical and mental health. That means it’s crucial to understand when you’re at risk of breathing in high concentrations of ozone, and how to avoid it.

AirNow.gov can tell you the quality of the air in your zip code, which includes a reading of current ozone levels.

The Environmental Protection Agency assembled the below chart to show how ozone concentrations impact humans and the actions you can take to ensure you and your family stay healthy.

The numbers will appear in the AirNow report, and can give you an idea of how much outdoor time is possible on any given day. While a couple of days of high exposure will likely cause only short-term symptoms, extended exposure over years can lead to larger problems that can take a real toll on your health.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about specific medical conditions and how ozone exposure may impact them.

Summer Pests

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Summer Pests to Be Aware Of

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As you spend more time outdoors in the summer, you probably notice a lot of bugs and critters throughout the day. Their numbers grow and they become more active during the warmer months, and that means these creatures can quickly turn into pests whether you’re at home or out camping. Let’s review the most common summer pests and ways to avoid both indoor infestations and unwelcome guests in your camping area.

Summer Pests in the Home

Termites

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year, making them a real concern for homeowners across the country. In many cases, termites go undetected until they’ve caused a major issue with the woodwork of your home.

Preventative measures go into most new constructions, and there are steps you can take to retrofit an existing house.

In general, it’s important to ensure proper drainage around your home, keep firewood away from the home, and seal up any exposed woodwork.

Ants

A trail of ants in the kitchen or bathroom is something no homeowner wants to see.

They enter the home through small cracks and crevices, lured in by food and moisture sources they commonly find in the kitchen.

Removing the ones you can see is only half the battle, and to truly remove the issue you need to focus on sanitation and avoiding exposed food and water sources.

Fruit Flies

Potted plants, kitchen sinks, fruit bowls, and anything else with sugar—these pests seem to hover around everything in the summertime.

In addition to being annoying, fruit flies also have the potential to spread harmful germs from surface to surface and onto things we eat.

There are a number of ways to trap them when they become an issue. To prevent them from popping up in the first place, keep fruit in the refrigerator, clean out your sink drain often, and let the soil in potted plants dry thoroughly between waterings.

Summer Pests Outdoors

Because you’ll be outside so much during the warm summer months, let’s take a look at the most common outdoor pests that can impact your camping trip or picnic in the park.

Mosquitoes

A sure sign of summer, these little biters are most active during sunrise, sunset, and during the night.

In addition to painful bites and an annoying rash, mosquito bites can spread disease like West Nile virus.

There are various strategies you can use to avoid being bitten, and you can help prevent the prevalence of mosquitoes in your outdoor space by removing standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Ticks

Checking for ticks at the end of a day spent outdoors is a good habit to develop. These parasites carry a number of diseases that can affect humans and animals, alike, and they’re becoming more prevalent across the United States.

Ticks are most commonly found in dense grassy and wooded areas, so keep an eye on pets when outside and try preventative tips to avoid being bitten.

To prevent a large number of ticks from invading your backyard, the key is in removing things like leaf litter and any other trash where ticks can hide. You should also mow your grass regularly, and prevent wild animals that carry ticks (like deer) from entering your yard.

Wasps and Bees

Telling the difference between bees and wasps is an important skill for safely interacting with these creatures without causing unnecessary harm to the benefits they offer.

While bees produce honey and pollinate, wasps can help control garden pests that munch on your greenery, like caterpillars, grubs, grasshoppers, aphids, and flies.

Despite their benefits, a sting from these creatures is painful and can cause serious allergic reactions in some people, so hives and nests can be removed if they’re interfering with everyday activities. If you’re unsure of how to deal with it, call an exterminator who specializes in bee and wasp removal.

Other Ways to Prevent Pests

Insects are common in the summertime, but they’re not the only pests that can cause issues in the home. Rodents and birds can also find their way into your home or garage, causing damage over time. Here are some steps to consider for long-lasting pest protection.

  • Clean up food waste and remove garbage promptly
  • Ensure dry conditions in your basement or crawl space using AprilAire dehumidification systems
  • Seal up holes and gaps around your home where insects or rodents may enter
  • Inspect window screens for holes or gaps, and keep windows and doors closed when not in use
  • Keep your yard groomed and store firewood away from structures. Elevating firewood can also reduce the risk of termites and other pests
Interview with the American Lung Association

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Breathing Healthy Air: Interview with the American Lung Association

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At AprilAire, we encourage breathing Healthy Air because we know it benefits your overall health. The American Lung Association knows it too. That’s why AprilAire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association*, playing a key role in the fight to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

We got to interview National Senior Vice President of Development Sally Draper about the importance of Healthy Air and how both AprilAire and the American Lung Association are working together to help you Breathe the Fullness of Life.

Could you introduce yourself for the readers and tell us about why you chose a career with the American Lung Association?

“I joined the Lung Association in 2014 because I was attracted to its comprehensive mission—to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Every day we help Americans breathe easier through our efforts to fund innovative research, advocate for policies that protect our lungs, and educate patients, caregivers, providers, and the public with science-backed information. We were founded more than 115 years ago, and the needs are greater today than ever before, including the youth vaping epidemic, climate change, and COVID-19!”

Can you tell us about the American Lung Association’s mission?

“The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or advocating for laws that protect the air we breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.”

How did AprilAire and the American Lung Association come to work together in the first place? What does that relationship look like presently?

“AprilAire and the American Lung Association forged a new relationship in 2018. We quickly realized how much we had in common. Our partnership was developed as we saw an opportunity to educate and help more consumers improve the air in their homes to create a healthier environment.

Since 2020, AprilAire has been a Proud Partner of the Lung Association with its 4” residential air filters. Additionally, AprilAire joined the Lung Association as our FY20 National Fight For Air Climb Partner For Healthy Air. The company has also supported the Lung Association’s “Stand Up For Clean Air” campaign. As part of this initiative, we are driving conversations around air quality, climate, and health. The Lung Association invited people to share their #MyCleanAirStory—knowing that when people realize climate and air quality are impacting the health of their neighbors, friends, and loved ones—they are more willing to act. AprilAire provided prizes for the #MyCleanAirStory contest, including one grand prize of a whole-home Indoor Air Quality upgrade (the AprilAire Healthy Air System™) and nine AprilAire Room Air Purifiers. This year, the company stepped up once again to sponsor the Wisconsin Fight For Air Climb in Milwaukee. Also in 2021, the Lung Association welcomed Dale Philippi, President and CEO of Research Products Corporation, AprilAire’s parent company, to the Lung Association’s Wisconsin Leadership Board of Directors.”

Tell us about the Fight For Air Climb.

“The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is the nation’s premier stair climbing challenge. At 38 events nationwide, children and adults of all ages participate in this celebratory stair-climbing adventure. Pre-pandemic, the Fight For Air Climb was held in several of our country’s most iconic skyscrapers. This year, the Lung Association invited participants outdoors for a one-of-a-kind adventure to support healthy lungs and clean air. In fact, Dale was among the company’s team of more than 50 employees that climbed the stairs at Milwaukee’s American Family Field on May 22nd, proving he puts his feet, time, and talent behind causes he supports.

AprilAire has been a stalwart partner in the Fight For Air Climb, promoting the event to employees, customers, trade partners, family, and friends. Through this unique vehicle, the company is engaging individuals of all ages to understand and celebrate the importance of Healthy Air.”

AprilAire’s air filters are a National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. How do you feel our mission aligns with yours?

“Our CEO, Harold Wimmer, has said, ‘Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is… no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.’ Similarly, Dale has declared, ‘We believe everyone deserves to breathe Healthy Air.’ As a National Proud Partner, AprilAire’s mission to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes aligns very closely with that of the American Lung Association, champion of clean air for all.”

What are the benefits of breathing Healthy Air and what are everyday things that people can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life?

“Clean air is essential for healthy lungs. The American Lung Association works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution. In fact, every year we publish our State of the Air Report, which looks at two of the most widespread and dangerous air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter. Our 2021 State of the Air Report found that more than 4 in 10 Americans—over 135 million people—are living in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

One of the most important things you can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life is to keep sources of pollution out of your home. Check out these commonsense tips on Lung.org. Additionally, ventilation helps reduce indoor air pollution, but it works best if paired with keeping known sources of air pollution out of the building. For tips on how to use ventilation to protect your lung health, check out our section on Ventilation: How Buildings Breathe.”

Fight for Healthy Air

At AprilAire, we believe everyone deserves to Breathe the Fullness of Life, and we’re not the only ones that feel this way. Through our Proud Partnership with the American Lung Association, we aim to fill every home with Healthy Air. Both AprilAire and the Lung Association believe that breathing Healthy Air should be available to everyone, and maintaining healthy Indoor Air Quality is an important step for your lung health. Read more about our partnership and the efforts of the American Lung Association on their website.

*Disclaimer: The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device, or service.

2021 Good Neighbor Values

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2021: AprilAire’s Good Neighbor Values

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We take the importance of caring for others to heart at AprilAire. We believe we have a purpose beyond the individual work we do and that being a successful company also means “Being a Good Neighbor.” It’s one of our core values, and something we put into action each year.

We remain committed to helping our local communities in a number of ways, including financial contributions and volunteering. In the past, we’ve raised funds to provide pack-n-plays to mothers in need, volunteered at local blood drives, and held various donation drives throughout the year.

While our partnership opportunities may look different in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to continue our work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose mission statement reads:

“A membership organization, the Society began working in Madison in 1925 with two parish-based groups of members serving their neighbors in need. Today, programs the Society operates in Dane County include a large customer-choice food pantry, a charitable pharmacy, storage for the goods of persons who are homeless, seven thrift stores offering direct charity, housing at Port St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House, and several other forms of assistance for people struggling with poverty.”

We’ve been working with St. Vincent de Paul – Madison since 2014, giving us a number of incredible opportunities to give back and live out our mission of being Good Neighbors.

We believe the work they’re doing to provide assistance for our community is more important than ever right now, which is why it’s our honor to be a 2021 Platinum Sponsor for St. Vincent de Paul’s 6th Annual Care Café fundraising breakfast on May, 5th 2021. The theme is “Love Made Visible.”

They’re going virtual this year, which means they have unlimited capacity to reach their goal of $140,000. If you live in Dane County, we encourage you to attend the virtual event and support our neighbors in need through your contributions to the food pantry, free pharmacy, and housing programs.

 Click here for more information on St. Vincent de Paul – Madison to see how you can get involved.

Or find a charity in your area that you may be able to connect with to make an impact.

Capture Back to School Germs

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AprilAire MERV 16 Air Filters Capture Back-to-School Germs

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Tens of millions of students are heading back to school and will start sharing the same air with many different people for several hours a day. In what is known as the “back-to-school plague,” these first few weeks provide a fertile breeding ground for both students (and their families) to get ill due to the swapping and recirculating of aerosols. Luckily, there is a solution.

Use AprilAire MERV 16 Air Filters with AprilAire Whole-House Air Purifiers

Coughing and Sneezing Facts

Use AprilAire MERV 16 Air Filters to capture back-to-school germs from coughing and sneezing.

Using an AprilAire whole-house air purifier with an AprilAire MERV 16 Air Filter can help protect you and other family members at home from the common cold, influenza, and other airborne viruses that crop up throughout the school year.

Capture Infected Aerosols

AprilAire MERV 16 air filters capture 98% of airborne viruses that flow through the filtering system reducing the number of infected aerosols that are in your home’s air. These highly efficient filters add an extra layer of protection against poor handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

Sneezing and coughing expel aerosols into the air at speeds of 50–100 miles per hour propelling them 3– 6 feet from their host. Without a proper air filter, some of these aerosols may linger in the air for several hours, get picked up by your HVAC system’s ducts, and infect people in completely different rooms.

Reduce In-Home Respiratory Irritants

AprilAire MERV 16 air filters also protect your home’s air from other respiratory irritants like dust, dander, and pollen which can trigger health problems like asthma attacks or allergies and can settle on your home’s furniture. AprilAire MERV 16 filters capture 99% of asthma and allergy triggers that flow through the filtering system offering superior HVAC system protection and up to a 6-month filter life.

Upgrading your home’s air filters to MERV 16 can help keep you and your family healthy.

Choose Your AprilAire Air Filter

Use AprilAire MERV 16 Air Filters for superior protection.

Purchase MERV 16 Air Filters

Contact your local AprilAire Healthy Air Professional to get started with MERV 16 filtration today. You can also purchase AprilAire MERV 16 filters directly from the AprilAire website where they will be shipped directly to your home. You can install the filters yourself or contact your local professional or the AprilAire support team for assistance.

Upgrading Whole-House Healthy Air Solutions

Upgrading air filters from MERV 13 to MERV 16 in your whole-house air purifiers can help capture germs to better protect your student and your family throughout the school year.

For complete and effective whole-house virus protection, contact your local Healthy Air Professional about the AprilAire Healthy Air System®. This unique, all-in-one system provides whole-house filtration, humidity control, fresh air ventilation, zoning control, and radon mitigation for Healthy Air throughout