With Wildfires on the Rise, the American Lung Association Urges Residents to Protect Their Lung Health

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Respiratory Disease News
Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Massive wildfires continue to burn throughout the west, and the weather conditions

may worsen the situation. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate, while numerous schools and other public entities have closed due to persistent danger. Smoke from these fires has created unhealthy air quality conditions throughout much
of the region. The American Lung Association warns that such smoke poses lethal health hazards to people living and working in surrounding areas, especially those most vulnerable – children and teens, seniors, pregnant women and those living with lung disease.

Everyone, especially residents living with chronic lung disease like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with chronic heart disease, should take extra precautions during this time. Those who work outdoors; are under age 18 or over age 65; or have asthma, COPD or other lung diseases, chronic heart disease or diabetes, should monitor their breathing and exposure to smoke.

"The sheer scope of the wildfire has created conditions that put even healthy individuals without lung disease at risk," said American Lung Association Chief Mission Officer Deb Brown. "It's important that residents with lung health issues are aware of the dangers, take precautions and stay indoors with closed doors and windows when possible."

Even after the fire is out, it's important for residents and outdoor workers to stay alert to the potential damage to their lungs. Soot can spread ash from the fires into the air, making it easy to inhale. One must also stay aware of the potential of coming into contact with asbestos, arsenic, nickel, lead and other hazardous materials that come from older structures that have caught fire. For those returning to their homes to clean up and salvage belongings, the Lung Association points out that the risk is not over: exposure to ash from building fires during cleanup can be dangerous.

The Lung Association also offers the following tips to stay safe from wildfire smoke:

  • Speak with healthcare providers before and after wildfires as physicians may have recommendations for medications to cope with the conditions or lessen any symptoms.
  • Wear an N-95 mask, protective clothing, gloves and goggles to reduce your exposure to ash during your clean up.
  • Scientific research shows that using a high efficiency particulate air purifier to clean the air in your home can help protect your health during a wildfire.
  • Consider using an air purifier that has a HEPA filter to capture harmful particles in your home and circulate air around the whole room to help clear the air in your home from smoke.
  • When driving through smoky areas, set your air conditioner to recirculate to avoid exposure to the outside air and keep your car windows and vents closed.
  • Know when to seek medical attention. If your asthma is triggered or you are having difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider.

"A strategic imperative of the American Lung Association is to improve the air we breathe," said Brown. "That is why we're sharing information with the public about wildfires and we're also partnering with Dyson to provide air purifiers to homes, workplaces and community spaces impacted by the wildfire."

More information on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke is available on Lung.org. You can also call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) to speak with respiratory therapists and registered nurses about lung health.

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and wildfires, contact the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.

About the American Lung AssociationThe American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

About DysonDyson is a global technology company headquartered in Malmesbury, UK, focused on better ideas and better technologies that solve the problems others often ignore. Dyson first entered the purifying fan category in 2015 in response to the increasing global problem of indoor air pollution. The company has continued to pioneer purifying fans globally, leading new test methods in China, the world's largest market for air purifiers. With more than 25 years of experience and expertise in HEPA filtration and filter media, Dyson's two microbiology laboratories offer new research and support to engineering project teams to develop hygienic purification devices. In March 2018, Dyson launched Dyson Pure Cool, a new purifying fan that intelligently purifies the air in your home. For more information, visit Dyson.com.

 

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/with-wildfires-on-the-rise-the-american-lung-association-urges-residents-to-protect-their-lung-health-300702994.html

SOURCE American Lung Association



Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Press Release Category

Press Release Archive

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store