Updated: Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011, 3:37 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011, 3:37 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Smoke from the wildfires is blowing into Travis and Williamson counties, and that’s raising health concerns.
Health officials suggest that people stay inside if possible. And if you have to be outside, avoid strenuous exercise.
‘If you can stay inside with the filtered air, that’s better,’ said Christa Schneider, a respiratory therapist with Breath of Life Oxygen.
The smoke can be dangerous for people with respiratory illnesses.
‘Any kind of inhaling [smoke] can lead to exacerbation for those lung tissues that get irritated,’ Schneider said.
People with respiratory problems could also benefit from wearing a mask during these smokey days.
The Austin/Travis County Health Department offers the following suggestions to protect yourself from the wildfire smoke:
- Limit your exposure to smoke
- Stay indoors with windows and doors shut
- Use air conditioning, if available, and run it with the fresh-air intakes closed
- Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution
- Do not smoke
- Do not burn candles
- Do not vacuum
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Take all your medications as scheduled
- If you have asthma or other breathing problems, see your doctor if your symptoms become worse
- Consider leaving the area or going to a shelter until the smoke conditions improve