Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke
As the wildfires rage in California, we have seen countless instances of both tragedies and acts of extreme bravery. Citizens and first responders are coming together to save as many lives as possible. Friends and neighbors have been helping each other evacuate; firefighters have been working day and night to contain the destruction as much as possible. But the danger is far from over.
We want to encourage all those in the area to continue monitoring the situation, listening to current evacuation updates, and leaving as soon as there is a need. However, even those farther from the fires need to be vigilant about safety concerns. While the flames of a wildfire cause the most destruction, smoke inhalation often causes more fatalities. We want you and your families to protect yourselves from this danger.
You can visit AirNow.gov to check the air quality conditions in your area, and take the necessary steps for your safety. If you are advised to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed, run your air conditioner, and use an indoor air cleaner if you own one. Everyday paper dust masks are inadequate to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke, so having a small supply of particulate masks, such as N-95 or P-100 respirators, can make a huge difference. Young children, elderly adults, and those with heart or lung disease, diabetes, or women who are pregnant are at a higher risk, and should take extra precautions. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your family.
If you have been affected by smoke, you may need to visit a doctor or even the emergency room, especially if you are at higher risk. Find out more about symptoms and treatment here.
Please share this information with your family and friends, and keep yourselves and your loved ones safe in the midst of these disasters.
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