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Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials

This document, originally developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health.

*5/28/20 This information was developed before the COVID-19 health emergency. Please supplement this information with the latest advice from state, local, Tribal and federal agencies, including the EPA website https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus and CDC webpage https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Revised 2019

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Post-publication Updates

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Prepare for Fire Season

Learn how to protect your health from wildfire smoke.

2018

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Protect Yourself From Ash

This factsheet explains how to protect yourself from ash due to wildfire smoke.

July 2018

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Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet

This factsheet explains how to filter indoor from wildfire smoke.

July 2018

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Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash

Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. This factsheet describes the most effective way to protect yourself during wildfire emergencies.

July 2018

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Reduce Your Smoke Exposure

When wildfires create smoky conditions, there are things you can do, indoors and out, to reduce your exposure to smoke. Reducing exposure is important for everyone’s health — especially children, older adults, and people with heart or lung disease. This factsheet describes how to reduce your smoke exposure.

July 2018

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Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash

This factsheet describes how to protect children from wildfire smoke and ash. Children are especially at risk for health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke and ash, mostly because their lungs are still growing. Wildfire concerns include the fire itself, the smoke and ash, and the chemicals from materials that have burned, such as furniture. Smoke can travel hundreds of miles from the source of a fire. Pay attention to local air quality reports during fire season, even if no fire is nearby.

July 2018

Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Learn how to protect your pets from wildfire smoke

March 2019

Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Learn how to protect your large animals and livestock from wildfire smoke March 2019

Wildfire Smoke Guide in Sections:

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Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Forward

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Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 1-3

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 1-3

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 4-5

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 4-5

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Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices