Smoke Health Precautions In Calaveras County
Smoke from Ramsey Fire
Calaveras County, CA -- Smoke is visible in some areas of Calaveras County as a result of the Ramsey Fire near Cottage Springs. The Public Health Department is advising the community to avoid smoke exposure.
The main health threat from wildfire smoke comes from fine particles. These particles can get into the eyes and respiratory system causing burning eyes, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis.
Smoke can worsen existing health conditions and increase breathing problems. People with heart and lung diseases, including asthma, are more likely to be affected by smoke. Elderly persons, infants and children, pregnant women and smokers are also more sensitive to the effects of smoke.
The Public Health Department is advising residents to take the following actions to limit exposure to wildfire smoke:
• Stay indoors and limit time outdoors
• Limit physical activity
• Keep windows and doors closed
• Run your air conditioner if you have one - close the fresh air intake and keep filter clean
• If it is extremely hot outside and you do not have air conditioning, seek alternate shelter.
• Keep indoor air as clean as possible - do not vacuum or smoke indoors.
• If you have asthma, take your medicines and follow your asthma management plan.
• Keep car windows closed and set air conditioner to re-circulate air.
Health Officials say if you can see smoke, take precautions. Even healthy persons can be affected.
People with heart or lung disease who experience repeated coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain should contact their doctor or clinic. County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita advised "If an existing illness gets worse due to smoke exposure, get medical assistance."
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Written by Tracey Petersen
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