Forest Fire Precautions

 In Blog, COPD

Daniel F. Soteres, MD MPH
Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC
(719) 473-0872


General Recommendations

  • People living close to the fire-stricken area should remain indoors
  • Ordinary “dust masks” will NOT filter out fine particles that can cause distress.
  • HEPA filter masks can filter out small and irritating particles, but they are hard to tolerate for people with breathing problems – like COPD and Asthma
  • Children are more susceptible to problems from the irritation of smoke fumes.
  • When driving your car in smoky area, close the vents and keep windows closed.  Operate A/C only on “recirculate” mode

Recommendations for those with Respiratory Health issues:

  • Stay inside as much as possible.
  • Set A/C to recirculate mode.
  • Your breathing symptoms may worsen so please call your doctor if there is an increase of cough, wheeze or shortness of breath.
  • You may need a change in medication to help handle the increased stress.
  • If you MUST go outside, use a damp cloth over your mouth to help filter the air.
  • If using oxygen at home, do not adjust levels before talking to a doctor.
  • If respiratory symptoms are not relieved with usual medications then seek medical attention.
  • If you develop a cough, painful breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath then call your doctor.
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