Wildfire smoke is hazardous (especially in Alberta’s heavily polluted toxic frac’d oil, gas and bitumen fields and their radioactive waste sites/dumps): Respiratory selection guide by Nicolas Smitt to help protect you and your loved ones

Does anything protect us from the oil and gas industry’s secret toxic chemicals, and radioactive waste dumps and storage sites burning up in wildfires?

What about animals and birds that don’t burn up in the fires? How long before they die from breathing the toxic smoke?

Nicolas Smit @PPEtoheros July 6, 2024:

Since most people don’t know to consider anything besides an N95 for wildfire smoke events, I’ve designed a chart that helps people learn about more advanced options & simplifies how to choose the right protection for the different hazards found in the smoke.

Please help share this guide with others so people learn that they can eliminate their exposures to the harmful gases, organic vapors as well as the particulates found in the smoke. By upgrading the protections people use during poor air quality days, we can help prevent many health impacts associated with the smoke such as cancer, lung damage, heart damage, brain damage, pregnancy issues & more.

The Canadian government estimates the health impact costs from wildfire smoke to be between $5 – $21 billion per year. In the U.S., the costs are much higher with many vulnerable people unable to afford their medical bills from the many conditions caused by wildfire smoke.

Here are additional resources the U.S. government created for wildland firefighters that also provide additional resources you can use to help find the right respiratory protection.


Refer also to:

2024 04: Out of control wildfire in Alberta started by an explosion of a TC Energy pipeline:


Wall of Wildfire at Frac’d to Hell Fox Creek Alberta, Photo by Kyle Brittain

2016: The arsonists of Fort McMurray have a name; “Cone of Silence” over Fire Ravaged Fort McMurray: “Anybody allowed access…had to sign non-disclosure agreements not to share what they saw.”

2016: Alberta wildfires will leave toxic legacy, experts warn. What about the radioactive waste storage site near Ft McMurray?

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