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San Francisco area faces intense air pollution

When people think of California, images of sprawling beaches, wide-open forests and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway likely come to mind. In recent weeks, however, much of the San Francisco Bay Area has been covered by layers of smog and air pollution.

A combination of dry weather and nearby fires creating massive amounts of smoke has caused the pollution level in San Francisco, San Jose and surrounding areas to reach nearly triple the federal health standard, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Soot, dust and other debris is stuck in the area, with no weather patterns available to clear the air. 

"It's like living in a terrarium. There's no rain and no winds. So we aren't having the normal cleansing effect," Lisa Fasano, spokeswomen for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, told the San Jose Mercury News. 

No matter what area of the country is being affected by air pollution, the residents can turn to medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is able to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including second-hand smoke or chemicals stemming from large populations of people, manufacturing plants and heavy traffic.