October 29, 2019

No reprieve for Californians in Brentwood, where indoor air pollution just as toxic as outdoors

Julie Spitkovsky, LinkedIn

At 3 am on October 28th, particulate pollution from the Getty Wildfire in Brentwood, Los Angeles, was caught in real-time via the Airthinx IAQ, showing particle counts 5 times in excess of the World Health Organization guideline. So far, there have been over 600 acres burned, over 3,000 evacuations, 8 homes destroyed, 6 damaged homes and 5 percent containment of the fire.

Airthinx Interface showing toxic levels of PM

real-time air quality data from the airthinx iaq shows a spike in particulates around 3 am when the wildfires began in brentwood

Residents and occupants indoors must exercise caution due to poor air quality from the high particulate counts. Consider that yesterday, pollution from particulates exceeded 125 micrograms per cubic meter and that the WHO sets a maximum guideline of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. Exposure to particulates in excess of the guideline, for more than thirty minutes a day can start to influence your health.

Airthinx Interface showing toxic levels of PM

The airthinx IAQ measures more than 9 parameters in real-time with all the data communicated securely and at scale via the cloud and open APIs enabling integration with thermostats and HVAC systems to mitigate exposure to poor air quality. Airthinx IAQ readings from last year’s wildfires show particulate air pollution at 121 micrograms per cubic meter, compared to the Getty Fire readings, which are closer to 150 micrograms per cubic meter, indicating poorer indoor air quality during this year’s wildfires.

In 2018, outdoor air pollution exceeded World Health Organization Guidelines by at least 60 times, with fine particulate matter outdoors clocking in at 1500 micrograms per cubic meter during the Camp Fire, far past the WHO guideline of 25 micrograms per cubic meter. With more than 8.8 million deaths a year globally, air pollution has become a bigger killer than tobacco smoking.

Before the year’s end, airthinx is releasing the first sustainable IoT solution for monitoring outdoor air pollution. The Airthinx Pro is data-driven, providing continuous air quality measurements via a weatherproof model that also withstands harsher indoor environments, like factories & refineries, offers customized pollutant detection with up to six gas sensors, and is solar-powered enabled. The device features also include a six-channel particle sensor, high accuracy environmental sensors (temperature, pressure & humidity), a built-in battery & solar charger, 3G/wifi, Artificial Intelligence, and the Web-enabled Platform & App for access and control to air pollution data, anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to the list here for release date information.