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Preparing for Wildfire Smoke

Smoke can affect everyone's health.

Reduce your exposure to harmful smoke particles.

Smoke is a complex mix of gases, compounds, and particles. Breathing smoky air can affect everyone’s health, however, some individuals are at greater risk. They include infants and children, adults 65 years old and older, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

To protect your health and the health of those in your care, check the Air Quality Index. You may need to limit or avoid time spent outdoors. Don’t forget about your pets, they need clean air, too!

You can reduce your exposure to harmful smoke particles by limiting or avoiding time outdoors when it is smoky. Be sure to close windows and doors, pay attention to the heat, and stay hydrated. Set your air conditioner from “fresh air” to the “recirculate” setting. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too hot to stay home, find cooler air elsewhere.

Find additional ideas to improve your indoor air at our wildfire smoke page.

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