The Treasure Valley has been incredibly smokey the last couple weeks due to wildfires. I was hoping waving my giant Niall Horan head around would help clear some of the smoke out, but alas, it did not. I've begun to notice my throat is starting to get a little sore, and the long walks my family and I normally take in the evenings have been totally cut out. I just don't want my 2-year-old outside for extended periods of time with this going on. Some of my co-workers have been greatly impacted by our hazy air as well, so I started to research ways we can further minimize the potential hazards smokey air can bring, and I'm going to share my top 3 tips I learned from the Environmental Protection Agency with you:

1. Keep windows closed and AC on circulation mode

2. Avoid using anything that can create extra smoke. These items include candles, gas stoves, etc. Prepare meals with ready-made food to avoid having to fry/broil food.

3. Now this one seems a bit out there, but I did read that even vacuuming should be avoided during times like these- apparently vacuuming can increase particles in the air in your home. (I'll take any excuse to get out of this chore so... no vacuuming it is! haha!)

Sources from Airnow.Gov