Chronic Diseases and Wildfire Season

July 26, 2017 | Environmental Health, General, Health



Health Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke: Recommendations and Precautions

Smoke from wildfires can be potentially hazardous to certain populations. Healthy Gallatin has a few recommendations to help those living with a chronic disease stay healthy.

  • Always have an adequate supply of medication (more than five days worth).
  • If you have asthma, make sure you have a written asthma action plan and your rescue inhaler on you at all times.
  • If you have a heart disease, check with your health care provider about precautions to take during smoke events. It’s a good idea to do this before the wildfire season so you are prepared in advance.
  • If you plan to use a portable air cleaner, buy one prior to a smoke emergency that matches room size specified by the manufacturer.
  • Contact a health care provider if your condition worsens when you are exposed to smoke.
  • Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution such as tobacco use that can greatly increase the particle levels in a home and should be avoided.

For the general population, it is recommended that you reduce the amount of time spent outdoors and limit vigorous outdoor activity while there is poor air quality and smoky conditions.

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