Forest and Grass Fire Precautions
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.