Forest and Grass Fire Precautions

 In Asthma, Blog

With Fire Season approaching here are general recommendations and recommendations for those with respiratory Health issues:

  • People living close to fire- stricken areas 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
  • Do Not exercise outdoors
  • 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

For those with respiratory issues:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible with you’re A/C  on
  • Your symptoms may worsen, so please call your doctor if there’s an increase in 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, don’t adjust the levels without talking to your 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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