In the Aftermath: Smoke Odor and Fine Particulate Matter a Serious Concern

Oct 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from AllerAir

    CHAMPLAIN, N.Y., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California residents
 fortunate enough to be returning to intact homes will likely have to deal
 with high levels of fine airborne particulate matter and strong, lingering
 smoke odor.
     "It's vital that people who live in the affected areas equip themselves
 with tools that offer serious protection against airborne particulate
 matter and offer some relief from smoke odor," says Sam Teitelbaum,
 President of AllerAir Industries, manufacturers of advanced HEPA-carbon air
 purifiers. "High levels of smoke carry large particles that settle in the
 upper respiratory track and very fine particles which penetrate deep into
 the lungs."
     Anyone, including healthy people may be affected by smoke particulate,
 however older adults, people with pre-existing respiratory conditions and
 children are more likely to suffer from serious health complications. It's
 important to remember that smoke easily travels and can affect communities
 hundreds of miles away from the primary burn zone.
     "We'd also like to remind those investigating personal protective
 equipment and odor controllers, that standard paper dust masks you can buy
 at the hardware store cannot protect you from fine airborne particle
 matter," cautions Teitelbaum. "And if you're considering the purchase of an
 air cleaner or air purifier, keep in mind that a HEPA-only unit cannot
 remove smoke odor. Look for a product that contains pounds of activated
     AllerAir is a manufacturer of advanced residential, commercial and
 industrial air purification systems who specialize in chemical, gas, odor
 and particle abatement. Their products are currently being used by
 hospitals, police departments, the military and thousands of American
     For more information on how an AllerAir air purifier with activated
 carbon and HEPA filtration can safeguard your health and remove smoke odor,
 contact an indoor air quality expert today: 1-888-852-8247 or live online
 at Experts are standing by between 11am and 8pm Pacific
 Time. A portion of the proceeds of any unit shipped to California in
 October and November will be donated to the American Red Cross.
     Media Contacts:
     Jeffery Kanel,
     1-888-852-8247 ext. 37
     David Unzek (English, Spanish)
     1-888-852-8247 ext. 35