Wildfire Smoke Factsheet: Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash   [open pdf - 351KB]

This factsheet describes safety methods to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke and ash. From the document: "Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. A respirator is a device (mask) that covers your nose and mouth, fits tightly to your face, and can filter out smoke or ash particles before you breathe them in. Respirators are not sized for children. The most effective way to protect yourself during wildfire emergencies is to stay indoors or limit your time outdoors when there is smoke in the air. This is especially important if you have heart or lung disease and are at higher risk for adverse health effects. Reducing physical activity and using HEPA [high efficiency particulate air]-filtered air cleaners indoors are other ways to reduce your smoke exposure. Consider temporary relocation out of the smoky area if possible. By limiting your exposure one of these ways, you may not need to wear a respirator."

Report Number:
EPA- 452/F-21-002; Environmental Protection Agency- 452/F-21-002
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Air Now: https://www.airnow.gov/
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