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Lake County Health Department offers public health advice regarding wildfire smoke

RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2008

Eustis —The Lake County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) offers advice to citizens that may be impacted by wildfire smoke.

Smoke is a respiratory irritant, and can cause scratchy throat, irritated eyes, nose and worsen conditions such as asthma and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions.

How to Protect Your Family from the Health Effects of Smoke:

Pay attention to local air quality reports and stay alert to any news coverage or health warnings related to smoke.

Use common sense. If it is smoky outside 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. For best results in vehicles, run the air conditioning with recirculated air or max A/C setting. For questions regarding buildings that are equipped with outside air intakes, consult a licensed air-conditioning or mechanical contractor or professional engineer.

If you don't 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 inside lower. When smoke levels are high, try to avoid using anything that burns, such as wood fireplaces, gas logs, gas stoves and even candles. Don't vacuum since that stirs up particles already inside your home. Don't smoke tobacco.

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

For more information, contact the Lake County Citizens Information Line at (352) 253-9999.

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