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    Public Health

    nbraden@jeffco.us
    303-232-6301

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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    645 Parfet Street
    Lakewood, CO 80215

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    Lakewood Clinic

    645 Parfet Street Lakewood, CO 80215
    303-232-6301
    Fax: 303-239-7088

    WIC Clinic in Arvada

    6303 Wadsworth Bypass Arvada, CO 80003
    303-275-7510
    Fax: 303-275-7503

    WIC clinic in Edgewater

    1711 A & B Sheridan Blvd Edgewater, CO 80214
    303-271-5780
    Fax: 303-239-9592

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  • Wildfires and Smoke

     

    Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

    How to Tell if Smoke is Affecting You

    In some people, smoke can cause:

    • coughing
    • scratchy throat
    • irritated sinuses
    • shortness of breath
    • chest pain
    • headaches
    • stinging eyes
    • runny nose
    • asthma exacerbations
    • if you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse

     

    Jefferson County Public Health reminds everyone that smoke-related health problems primarily depend on the level of exposure, individual age and physical susceptibility. Healthy individuals will normally recover quickly from smoke exposure and may not suffer long-term consequences; however, certain sensitive populations may experience more severe acute and chronic symptoms from smoke exposure.

    Are You at Risk?

    If you have heart or lung disease, such as congestive heart failure, angina, COPD, emphysema or asthma, you are at higher risk of having health problems than healthy people.

    Older adults are more likely to be affected by smoke, possibly because they are more likely to have heart or lung diseases than younger people.

    Children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke because their airways are still developing, and because they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Children also are more likely to be active outdoors.

    Protect Yourself … Limit Your Exposure to Smoke

    • Pay attention to local air quality reports. Listen and watch for news or health warnings about smoke. Citizens can call 303-758-4848 or check today's air quality View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. online to learn whether a "Red" advisory is in effect.
    • Stay indoors to avoid smoke, keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere.
    • Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper "comfort" or "dust" masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke. An “N95” mask, properly worn, will offer some protection. For more information about effective masks, see the Respirator Fact Sheet View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites. provided by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

     

     

    Last Updated: 4-23-2013