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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by on December 8th, 2017 Posted in: Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health


From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. The CDC page includes Who is at greatest risk from wildfire smoke?, steps to decrease your risk from wildfire smoke and useful links.

See also the MedlinePlus Topic page on Wildfires, also called Forest Fire or Wildland Fire. This site links to government sites for wildfires as well as checklists and maps.

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Kay Deeney, MLS AHIP is the Education & Outreach Librarian with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region located at UCLA.

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