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During recent forest fires, the EPA recommends how to protect yourself from the health effects of smoke
Release Date: 10/22/2007
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute 213-244-1815
LOS ANGELES – During the current wave of forest fires, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the following recommendations on how to protect your health from the effects of smoke.
Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, avoid physical outside activities and don’t let your children play outdoors.
If you are advised to stay indoors, keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep your windows and doors closed - unless it's extremely hot outside.
Run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
If you don't have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelter.
When indoors, avoid smoking and using:
- wood fireplaces
- gas logs
- gas stoves
- vacuum cleaners
If you have heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, talk with your doctor about whether and when you should leave the area.