Clay County Health Department Warns of Risks Associated with Wildfire Smoke | Health

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Clay County Health Department Warns of Risks Associated with Wildfire Smoke
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The Clay County Health Department 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.  According to Nancy Mills, Administrator Clay County Health Department, “Clay County is experiencing smoke from the wild fires burning in South Georgia. Clay County residents and visitors are asked to take the necessary precautions.”

How to protect you and your family from smoke:

  • Keep up to date with the local air quality reports, news coverage or health warnings related to smoke.
  • When outside conditions are smoky avoid prolonged outdoor activities. It is especially important to limit time spent outdoors for children 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 conditioning with re-circulated air. 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. 
  • Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution that can emit the same pollutants found in wildfire smoke.  These include; burning cigarettes, gas, propane and wood-burning stoves and furnaces, burning candles, incense and using a vacuum cleaner. 
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about taking medicines and following your asthma management plan if you have asthma or other lung disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

For additional information, contact your health care provider or the Clay County Health Department at 904-529-2852

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