How can I tell if smoke is affecting my family?
  • Smoke can cause coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes, and runny nose
  • If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse
  • People who have heart disease might experience chest pain, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and fatigue
  • If you have a pre-existing respiratory condition such as asthma, COPD (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), or allergies, smoke may worsen symptoms (inability to breathe normally, cough with or without mucus, chest discomfort, wheezing, and shortness of breath)
  • When smoke levels are high, even healthy people can have symptoms or health problems

Contact your health care provider if you have heart or lung problems when around smoke. Dial 911 for emergency assistance if symptoms are serious.

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1. What is in outdoor smoke that's dangerous?
2. What health problems does smoke cause?
3. Who is especially sensitive to smoke?
4. How can I tell if smoke is affecting the air quality in my community?
5. How can I tell if smoke is affecting my family?
6. What can I do to protect myself and my family from outdoor smoke?
7. Should I use a face mask when there is outdoor smoke?
8. Can I use an air filter in my home to improve indoor air quality?
9. Should I exercise outdoors when it’s smoky?
10. What should I do if I have to drive when it's smoky?