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Clay County Health Department Warns of Risk Associated With Wildfire Smoke
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Clay County Health Department Warns of Risk Associated With Wildfire Smoke

The Clay County Health Department Administrator, Nancy Mills, and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) caution citizens that wildfire smoke is a respiratory irritant that can cause scratchy throat or irritated eyes and nose. Smoke can also worsen conditions such as asthma and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions.

How to protect your family from smoke:

  • Pay attention to local air quality reports, news coverage or health warnings related to smoke.

 

  • Use common sense when outside conditions are smoky. Avoid prolonged outdoor activities. It is especially important to limit time spent outdoors for children, the elderly and persons with existing medical conditions.

 

  • Stay indoors and run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. For best results, run the air conditioner with recirculated air.

 

Note:  If you do not have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows
closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather.  In these cases, seek
alternative shelter. 

  • Help keep particle levels lower inside. When smoke levels are high, try to avoid using anything that burns, such as wood fireplaces, gas logs, gas stoves and even candles.  Do not vacuum, which stirs up particles already inside your home.  Avoid smoking tobacco. 

 

  • Follow your doctor’s advice about taking medicines and follow your asthma management plan if you have asthma or other lung disease. Call your doctor if symptoms worsen. 

 

For additional information, contact the Clay County Health Department at
(www.healthyclay.com or (904)529-2800.

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