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8/13/15 Malheur County Wildfire Smoke Information

CONTACT: Angie Gerrard, RN, BSN

Malheur County Health Department

Phone: 541-(889)-7279               

Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention Information
Ontario, Oregon – County health officials are offering information about steps local residents can take to avoid illness from wildfire smoke inhalation.

People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women, and children, are advised to stay indoors. Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and should be avoided by all residents in smoky communities. Local smoke levels may rise and fall rapidly depending on weather factors, including wind direction.
Take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:
             Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. Go to the Idaho Smoke blog:
             Avoid outdoor exertion during such conditions. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity including sports practice, work, and recreation.
             Drink lots of water - staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose, and coughing.
             Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
             Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your    heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.
             People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other    respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.

For more information:
Idaho Smoke blog, for the latest on wildfire smoke and air quality updates across the state: 

Oregon Smoke blog, for the latest on wildfire smoke and air quality updates across the state: