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How to keep wildfire smoke out of your home & vehicles

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Owner Jeff Cuthbertson knows all about clearing the air, Servpro Chattanooga often restores homes after a major flood or fire. 

He says getting rid of that "smoke" smell can be tough. 

"As much as possible try to keep the outside air outside," said Cuthbertson. 

In severe cases, an air scrubber or air filtration device can actually clean the air. It has a pre-filter and a HEPA filter for the small particles found in wildfire smoke. Servpro can also deodorize your home with other tools. 
"The deodorizing will neutralize the air and it will help get rid of the odor," said Cuthbertson. 

If you're on a budget, officials say changing your filter out will do some good too.
"First of all, you need to know what type of filter you're buying," said John Rutter, Ace Hardware Marketing Director. 

While some filters say clean air, that doesn't mean it can filter out smoke. 

"There is very few that do so you need to make sure that you get the right filter. The Filtrete Elite filter is one that will filter out smoke and usually on the filter itself it will show smoke if it filters out smoke," said Rutter.

Make sure you check the label and look for the word smoke before you buy it. You can grab high performance filters for your vents too but don't wait to use them. If you can't smell or see smoke, it doesn't mean the smoke particles are not there. Experts say those particles are just too small to detect or be filtered out of our lungs . 

"You know right now we are breathing in the smoke in the air so now's a good time to filter it then you might want to go ahead and replace it once we get some rain hopefully in the near future," said Rutter. 

Remember older adults, pregnant women, children and anyone with a pre-existing respiratory condition like asthma is most likely to get sick under these conditions. 

Health experts say the air quality can even prompt an asthma or heart attack in sensitive people.

If you have tightness in your chest or trouble breathing, don't hesitate to get help. Police say this is a good time to check in with elderly neighbors as well. 

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