Health Tip: When Wildfires Are Near09/20/10
(HealthDay News) -- Wildfire smoke can cause serious respiratory
problems, especially among people who already have difficulty
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how
to minimize exposure to smoke from a nearby wildfire:
- Keep smoke outside by closing windows and turning on the air
- Don't light a fire or burn candles inside your home.
- Follow your doctor's instructions about any drugs you should
take for your respiratory condition.
- Don't assume that a dust mask, commonly found at hardware
stores, will protect your lungs.
- If given an order to evacuate the area, do so.
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