Smoke Matters

A comprehensive toolkit aimed to educate, teach, and empower residents about the hazards of wildfire and smoke events.

The SMOKEMatters Toolkit

The SMOKEMatters toolkit is a pre-assembled set of 6 different tools that promote home health and safety during wildfire events by educating and engaging residents. It includes culturally-tailored messages designed to engage residents, giving them cues on how to protect themselves from health and safety hazards caused by wildfires. The tools in the kit either measure or control and abate Carbon Monoxide and PM2.5 contamination, and target behaviors that are feasible and within a resident’s locus of control, such as filtration, dust mitigation, and insulation. Tribes have the option of ordering a pre-assembled Core SMOKEMatters Toolkit or customizing the components of their toolkits.

The kit is not intended to replace the evidence-based practices that are the national standard for outreach, including the “Asthma Home Visit” model, or the “Healthy Home Checklist”. Rather, the kit is intended to advance the efficacy of these practices, by moving residents along the continuum from education to empowerment, and from knowledge to action.

These kits can be customized with specific tools for your residents and families.

  • Twin Draft Guards
  • N95 Masks (2 pk)
  • MERV 13 Filters (2 pk)
  • Box Fan
  • Microfiber Cloths (2 pk)
  • Indoor Air Sensor (optional add-on)

Cue Cards

Each tool in the kit comes with a cue card that provides residents with information as to how and why to use each tool. Each cue card explains what the tool is, what it does, and how the resident can best implement the tool in their own home in an engaging and comprehensive fashion. 

Using clear and precise descriptions, the cue cards serve to educate residents on good indoor air quality practices, and empower them to implement the tools in their own home. Cue cards also provide specific tips on preventing and controlling common household contaminants. 

Each laminated card comes on a small, metal ring so that they may be hung in visible, accessible places throughout the home such as kitchen cabinets or hung on the fridge. 

Getting Started

To learn more about the SMOKEMatters program visit our Air Matters website, if you have any questions please contact Aileen at agagney@thhnw.org or (206) 472-5164.

Technical Assistance

Along with our SMOKEMatters toolkits, we provide free technical assistance for your tribe/community. Have a question about teaching a green cleaning class? Need some additional educational resources for your training? We are happy to provide you with extra materials, work plans, and additional resources to help implement our toolkit into your tribe/community.

SMOKEMatters Toolkit Training

In Person Training

In addition to technical assistance, we are able to provide on-site training for your tribal staff. Through our SMOKEMatters program, we are able to send a trained Healthy Home specialist to your tribe for a 1-2 day intensive, hands-on training session. This training is not included in the cost of your toolkit order.

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Webinars

Webinars are an affordable alternative to on-site training. THHN holds quarterly webinars, 90 minutes in length, focusing on a training topic selected by tribes. Guest panelists are specialists in their field and available as a resource after the webinars. To see examples of our previous webinars, or to replay and see the slides from any of these webinars, click on the icons below. We also invite you to suggest a topic that you would like us to feature, or to tell us about work you are doing that we can highlight on our next webinar.

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