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Key Words & Concepts

posted on Jul 27, 2021

Wildfire Smoke Event: A period of time where wildfire smoke is affecting the area where
you and your family live, work and go to school.

Face Mask: Face coverings that go over your mouth and nose.

Respirator: A specific type of face mask that is specifically made to filter out particles or

Air Quality Index: A tool that tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, along with
associated health effects that may be of concern.

Smoke Particles: Tiny liquids or solids in the air that are produced when something is
burned. These are bad for your health.