According to Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, if you see or smell smoke, minimize outdoor activities to protect your health. It is advised that children and the elderly as well as those with respiratory and heart conditions be particularly careful to avoid exposure.
TIPS TO AVOID WILDFIRE SMOKE EXPOSURE:
- Stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
- Set your air conditioner to re-circulating indoor air mode
- Asthma residents should follow their asthma management plan
- Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke
- Residents with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure due to an increased risk of heart attacks
The California Air Resources Board says during wildfires and smoky conditions, the best health prevention is to stay indoors with the windows and doors closed. The board also suggests:
- If you have an AC unit, run it on recirculate while also consistently updating the air filter
- Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution
- Avoid exercising outdoors
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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