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Protecting Lungs From Wildfire Smoke

Protecting Lungs From Wildfire Smoke
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Smoke from the nearby wildfires has caused unhealthy air throughout Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains. If you see or smell smoke, stay inside and avoid unnecessary outdoor activity. Everyone is at risk especially those with heart or lung disease, older adults, pregnant women and children. You can protect yourself from unhealthy air by doing the following: Stay indoors Keep your windows and doors closed (if it is hot indoors use a fan to stay cool or go to a cooling center ) Avoid the use of air conditioning that draws in air from outside – set it on recycle or recirculate mode Use an air filtration device with a HEPA filter Stop smoking and stop using fireplaces, candles, incense, and vacuums Wear a mask if you have to go outside (if you have an N95 respirator mask that fits tightly to your face, it offers protection from smoke particles) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advises, “if you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual […]

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