Health Tip: When Wildfires Are Near

(HealthDay News) -- Wildfire smoke can cause serious respiratory problems, especially among people who already have difficulty breathing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to minimize exposure to smoke from a nearby wildfire:

  • Keep smoke outside by closing windows and turning on the air conditioner.
  • Don't light a fire or burn candles inside your home.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions about any drugs you should take for your respiratory condition.
  • Don't assume that a dust mask, commonly found at hardware stores, will protect your lungs.
  • If given an order to evacuate the area, do so.

Related Articles

Gene Change May Have Helped Indonesia's Deep-Sea Divers

Continue

Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens

Continue

COPD Patients May Breathe Easier With Tai Chi

Continue