Health Tips - Wildfires

 
Wildfires

During a wildfire, many acres of land burn and homes often burn with it.  Particles from burning homes such as asbestos, paint and plastics can result in toxic air.  Add to this fire retardants which are a potent mix of chemicals that hurt fish and other animals. These airborne particles travel some distance, and can later settle onto your car, property and you.  If you live anywhere near a fire, it is best to follow these precautions: 

  1. Close all windows and vents to your home and car. If you use air conditioning in your car, use with the “recirculate” setting on.
  2. Purchase a home air filter if you live in an area where wildfires are common.
  3. Drink more water and get more rest than you usually require.  See tips regarding healthy amounts of rest and water.
  4. Reduce other lung stressors such as perfume, cigarettes, etc.   
  5. Spend as little time as possible outdoors and do not exercise outdoors.
  6. If outdoor trips in smoky areas are necessary, breathe through a damp cloth to help filter out particles in the air.
  7. If you will be helping outdoors in a high smoke area, a mask can help reduce exposure.  Use an NIOSH rated, N95 or P100 mask, properly fitted. NIOSH is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  8. If you are having any unusual trouble with your lungs, phone the American Lung Association at 800-586-4872 to speak to their registered nurses and respiratory therapists.
  9. If you have Core Level Lung, take a minimum of six a day.
  10. Above all, keep safe and abreast of what is going on.

Good luck!

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