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Fire Season: Respiratory Health a Concern
Date:10/24/2007

spiratory disease."

When smoke levels are high on days during or following a fire, follow these important tips to protect your respiratory health:

-- Remain indoors: If you are not advised to evacuate, limit your exposure

to smoke by remaining indoors. Also, the local federal agency on air

quality recommends restricting outdoor exercise to one hour or less.

-- Protect your indoor air quality: Keep all windows and doors closed,

unless it is too warm indoors. If you do not have an air conditioner

and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter

elsewhere. If you have an air conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake

closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting

inside.

-- Minimize indoor pollution: Avoid using anything that burns, including

candles, fireplaces or gas stoves. Do not smoke. Also avoid cleaning

activities that stir up particles, such as dusting and vacuuming.

-- Do not rely on dust masks. According to the national Centers for

Disease Control (CDC), paper dust masks, like those found at hardware

stores, are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust, but will

not protect your lungs from smoke. The CDC says an 'N95' mask, properly

worn, will offer some protection from smoke.

-- Cooperate immediately with local authorities: Promptly follow all

evacuation instructions. Even if you are not instructed to evacuate but

reside where there is a lot of smoke from an ongoing fire, consider

staying in an area where there is less smoke.

-- Maintain doctor-prescribed medication and respiratory care regimens: If

you have asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, follow your

treatment regimen, and contact your physician if your condition

worsens.

For more information, visit the CDC online at

SOURCE Barlow Respiratory Hospital
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