Smoke and Your Health

Protect Yourself and Your Family When Smoke is in the Air
We live in a region impacted by wildfire smoke which can quickly change air quality. Take appropriate health measures described below in How Do I Protect Myself.

Check Air Quality 
Ashland's air quality is measured on the roof of Fire Station #1.  

Smokey Skies and Your Health: The Air Quality Index

Smokey Skies and Your Health: The Air Quality Index from Ashland Chamber on Vimeo.

Air Quality Recommendations

Smoke Exposure and Your Health
Prolonged exposure to smoke can be harmful to people of all ages. Smoke can eventually damage your body's ability to remove large particles and excess phlegm from your lungs and airway. Small particles (PM 2.5) pose the greatest risk, because they can get deep into your lungs, and even into your bloodstream.

Symptoms of smoke exposure usually include irritation of eyes, nose, and throat or breathing discomfort, even in otherwise healthy people. More severe symptoms may include chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for further advice or call 911.

Who's the Most at Risk?
Take precautions at appropriate AQI level if you are in a sensitive group: 

How Do I Protect Myself?
Recommend OHA
OHA Health Recommendations
Properly Fitting NIOSH N-95 Mask

How to Fit a NIOSH N95 Adult Mask from Ashland Chamber on Vimeo.

Follow the advice of your doctor or healthcare provider
  • If you have a pre-existing condition,
    Ashland, Summer 2017 
    review your respiratory management plan with your physician.
  • Consider leaving the area if you are sensitive and smoke is an ongoing problem.
  • Call your healthcare provider for further advice if your symptoms worsen.


Prepare for Wildfire Season
Ashland residents live in a fire-prone environment and need to prepare for wildfire every year to protect our community and our health.  If you have heart, vascular or lung disease, including asthma, talk with your healthcare provider before fire season to make plans. Discuss when to leave the area, how much medicine to have on hand, and your action plan if you know you may have issues.  Have a several-day supply of nonperishable foods that do not require cooking. Cooking - especially frying and broiling - can add to indoor pollution levels.
Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Equipment and Recommendations

2018 Smoke Preparedness: Equipment Considerations from Ashland Chamber on Vimeo.

EPA Smoke Sense App
Smoke Sense

Use the Smoke Sense app to get air quality information and tips to protect your health when it is smokey outside. 


Decision Making for Events

Learn how your organization should plan for smoke.
Health Recommendations

Protect your health with these recommendations

Good Fire Prevents Bad Fire

Receive alerts for controlled burns

Smoke Preparedness
Prepare your building and employees for potential smoke impacts.

This information is summarized from official sources, it is your responsibility to make an informed decision based on your individual situation and in consultation with a medical expert. 




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