HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is advising residents living in Wahiawa and surrounding areas to take precautions and plan ahead for potential smoke exposure from the brush fires. The smoke effect on nearby communities may vary largely due to unpredictable wind and weather conditions.
Smoke exposure can cause breathing problems in individuals, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. If you live or work in an area being impacted by the brush fire smoke consider taking precautionary measures. DOH offers the following guidelines for individuals with respiratory conditions:
While these suggestions are intended primarily for persons with respiratory or chronic lung disease, they are also useful for healthy persons during air pollution episodes such as heavy dust and other airborne particulates, brush fires, firework smoke, or volcanic haze.
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