(HealthDay News) -- When a wildfire burns nearby, gases and fine particles fill the air. This pollution can irritate your eyes and lungs, and worsen chronic diseases such as asthma.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions for dealing with smoke from a nearby wildfire:
- Monitor local air quality reports.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
- Don't worsen indoor air quality by burning candles, smoking, or using fireplaces or gas stoves.
- Talk to your doctor about what you can do to protect yourself from breathing problems.
- Don't trust paper masks commonly sold at hardware stores to protect you from fine debris and gases in the air. These masks are made for bigger particles, such as sawdust.
-- Diana Kohnle
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