Grossly high AQI numbers make me grateful for our air purifiers. At least we spend most of our time most of our days inside a home where the air is clean. (Matt also runs a smaller unit in his office, and wears a mask when he bikes. We haven't taken the plunge into masks for the kids. yet. but we do try to limit - somewhat - outdoor activity on bad days.)
On the worst days you can smell the air - it smells like burning chemicals! (told you it was gross!)
This isn't the happiest post, but if this blog is a place where I record bits and pieces of our lives... well, this can't be left out. It's not our favorite, but it's part of our reality.