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Tips to Stay Safe During Wildfire Season

Posted: Updated: - With record droughts across much of the Western U.S., many people are dealing with a vicious wildfire season. It's crucial to remember how to protect yourself as wildfires can have a devastating effect on your health.

Those living in the general vicinity of the fire along with those living hundreds of miles away can feel the effects of fires. But, it is possible to prevent respiratory problems due to all the smoke.

1. If you smell smoke, your respiratory system could be compromised. Take protective measures to leave the area or seek medical care if you're experiencing any discomfort such as difficulty breathing or coughing.

2. If you can not relocate, take shelter at home and try not to exert too much energy. Homes with high-efficiency filters on whole-house air systems provide the best relief.

3. If you go outside, breathe through a damp cloth. It will help filter out harmful particles from any smoke.

4. Stay hydrated.