Wildfires: Protecting Your Health - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Wildfires: Protecting Your Health

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Detroit Lakes Fire

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. If you must stay in the area, decrease your outdoor activity and stay indoors as much as possible. This is especially important for children, older adults, smokers and those with heart disease or asthma and other lung diseases. If you breathe smoke and you have symptoms associated with any pre-existing medical conditions, contact your health care provider immediately.

In addition to your physical health, smoke from wildfires can reduce visibility, creating other safety hazards. Be aware of these types of hazards if you are asked to evacuate the area. Your community may have a place for you to go if the smoke is present for a long time.

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Updated Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:53AM