Tips for clean air indoors on smoky days: a Public Health comic

When it’s smoky out, it’s important to do all you can to keep indoor air clean. Check out these tips from our crafter’s corner and don’t forget to visit for more tips and resources.

Mer, an Asian woman wearing glasses and a apron  is holding a cell phone that shows that the Air Quality Index is unhealthy. She stands next to Edith, a grumpy orange cat.
Mer: "When it’s smoky outside, stay inside and keep indoor air as clean as possible."
Edith: "Why? We already closed the windows."
Comic strip panel 2:
Mer stands in front of an x-ray machine. It shows healthy, happy lungs. Edith the cat is dressed as an x-ray technician.
Mer: "Our lungs need a break. So we should reduce sources of indoor air pollution."
Edith: "What does that even mean?"
Comic strip panel 3:
Mer stands holding a blue mop. Edith the cat is pushing a vase of flowers off a table. 
Mer: "Wait until the air quality gets better before doing things like vacuuming and sweeping. They stir up dust and allergens."
Edith: "I like allergens."
Comic strip panel 4:
Mer holds chopsticks. In front of her is a steamer set on a wok on an oven burner. Edith the cat clutches a can of tuna fish .
Mer: "You know how it smells like hot oil after frying food? Frying, broiling, grilling, and baking add to indoor air pollution. Cook in other ways on smoky days."
Edith: "Let's just eat tuna from a can."
Comic strip panel 5:
Mer holds two candles. One is labeled “pumpkin spice.” Edith the cat turns her back to the candles and sniffs a can of open tuna fish.
Mer: "Candles also add pollution. Put them away on a smoky day."
Edith: "Instead, relish other delightful aromas. Goodbye, pumpkin spice!"
Comic strip panel 6. Mer holds a box fan and a roll of duct tape. Edith the cat is curled up and frowning.
Mer: "Clean the air with a HEPA air purifier or make an air cleaner with a box fan, a MERV-13 filter and duct tape."
Edith: "Just duct taping stuff together? That’s lazy crafting."

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Comic by Meredith Li-Vollmer

Originally published on August 21, 2023.

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I am a risk communications specialist at Public Health - Seattle & King County.