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Wild Fire Smoke A Problem For Vulnerable

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Where there’s wildfire there’s smoke and that can be a problem for the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory issues. As the wildfire in Converse County continues to grow, Natrona County Health Department Director, Bob Harrington, has tips for anyone wanting to minimize the impact of smoke in the air.

He says if you can, stay indoors, keep the windows closed, and make sure your air conditioners filter is clean and in place.

“Don’t rely on the little dust masks that you might be able to get at the hardware store. Those are going to take out big, big, particles, but it’s really not going to help you much from smoke.”

For those with allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, smoke may worsen your symptoms.

Harrington says resist vacuuming, because it will stir up what’s already indoors.

 

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