During recent forest fires, the EPA recommends how to protect yourself from the health effects of smoke
LOS ANGELES Ė During the current wave of forest fires, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the following recommendations on how to protect your health from the effects of smoke.
Pay attention to local air quality reports and stay alert to any news coverage or health warnings related to smoke. Air quality reports are based on data from local air quality monitors, recommending health precautions. Recent information is available at AirNOW at http://www.airnow.gov
Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, avoid physical outside activities and donít let your children play outdoors.
If you are advised to stay indoors, keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep your windows and doors closed - unless itís extremely hot outside.
Run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
If you donít have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelter.
When indoors, avoid smoking and using:
+ wood fireplaces
+ gas logs
+ gas stoves
+ vacuum cleaners
If you have asthma or other lung disease, make sure you follow your doctorís directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
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