ArticlesBlog

Smoky Outside? Health Tips for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke

Smoky Outside? Health Tips for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke


(Music) Is the smoke from nearby wildfires affecting
your community? These precautions can help protect you and your family. When smoke levels are high, even healthy people may be affected. Listen to your body and contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing smoke-related health symptoms, including eye, nose, and throat irritation; coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or headaches. Children, older adults, pregnant or nursing
women, and people with asthma or heart conditions are at greater risk and should take added
precautions. Stay indoors whenever possible with the doors and windows closed. Use fans indoors and if you have an air conditioner, set it to recirculate. Air filters or purifiers can also help. Don’t add to indoor pollution. Avoid using candles and don’t smoke or vacuum while it’s smoky outside. If you must be outside for an extended period of time, wear a respirator. Common dust masks do not filter smoke particles. Exercise care when driving in smoky, low-visibility conditions. Drive slowly with your headlights on and keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you. Keep car windows closed with air conditioning set to recirculate. If possible, avoid driving altogether. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If necessary, consider visiting family or
friends, or public buildings with air filtration systems. Leaving the area of thick smoke may be the best for those with health conditions that put them at higher risk. Check local air quality reports and listen
to news or health warnings for your community and schools. Fire has always been an essential, natural
occurrence across the west. Under the right conditions, fire can actually help improve the health of forests and grasslands. However, in recent years wildfires have become larger and longer-lasting. That is why the Forest Service is working
closely with partners and communities to reduce the threat of wildfires in our forests and
help communities become more prepared when wildfires occur. For more information, visit the smoke information blogs for Oregon or Washington at: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ and http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

Comments (5)

  1. Stop the illegal assault on our national forests. Stop allowing CRIMINAL logging companies to destroy our environment.

  2. Let the for profit corporations go into the forests and remove the dam trees! Save the rest of the nation from dealing with the pathetic air quality all summer!

  3. Thank you, that is good information.

  4. I was subjected to CA air pollution. Those Sierra Nevada Mountains trap everything in the valley.
    I have a few tips. Eat plain yoghurt, organic broccoli, rosemary. Don't inhale outdoor air if possible. Get an air
    cleaner with a hepa filter. Drink massive amounts of clean water because the smoke goes into the blood and lungs need
    lubrication to expand. Distance yourself from smoke saturated items. Try to get plenty of rest. The body absorbs the most oxygen when sleeping.
    Consume enzyme rich produce. Eat sprouted foods. Consume organic berries. Eat what cleans your filtration organs: watercress, Shiitake and Maitake mushrooms, etc. Avoid junk food.

  5. How come their is 16k subscribers but only 4,823 veiws

Comment here