To combat the effects of noxious smoke from wildfires across California, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will provide portable air filtration units to low-income residents with asthma, officials said Tuesday. district officials.
The Home Air Filtration Program, part of the nonprofit National Institute of Public Health’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program, will provide the units to approximately 2,000 people in all of the Bay Area who have been diagnosed with poorly controlled asthma and are enrolled in the state’s Asthma Mitigation Project.
According to officials of the Air District, during forest fires, air pollution can create significant health problems for people with pre-existing conditions. Portable air filtration units purify domestic air and remove toxins, dust and pollen.
“Forest fires are increasing in the area and residents with asthma are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of smoke,” Air District General Manager Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Our partnership with RAMP provides air filtration units to these residents and can help reduce emergency room visits when the air quality becomes unhealthy.”
In addition to funding air filtration units, RAMP also provides services such as home care visits, education, and other solutions for people with asthma.
For more information on forest fire preparedness tips and air quality, people can visit www.baaqmd.gov/wildfiresafety.