Air purifiers can be effective in fighting bushfire haze – the problem is many Australians cannot get their hands on one
On 1 January, Canberra experienced its worst air quality on record. Smoke from Australia’s devastating bushfires has now blown as far as Queenstown, New Zealand, forcing millions to become fluent in a new kind of jargon: AQI, PM2.5, HEPA and “hazardous”.
Since December, major retailers have reported selling out of air purifiers. Guardian Australia called JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Bing Lee in Canberra on 2 January: all three appliance stores confirmed they had run out of air purifiers across the region. Road closures and uncertainty around manufacturer delivery dates mean it can be difficult to predict when more will arrive.
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