Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now—before wildfires strike. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.
Follow the steps listed below to protect your family, home and property.
Practice Wildfire Safety
Health Threat From Wildfire Smoke
How to tell if smoke is affecting you...
When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms
Know whether you are at risk
Limit your exposure to smoke. Following are ways to protect your health:
If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your doctor's advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
Dust masks are not enough. Paper "comfort" or "dust" masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke.