Montrose County Health Officials Warn of Dangers of Smoke from Area Wildfires

Jul 8th @ 9:41 am in News by Scott Staley

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(Montrose, CO)

Smoke filtering in from area wildfires may be harmful to those with chronic upper respiratory issues.  That’s the word from Montrose County Public Information Officer Katie Yergensen who says all persons with lung or heart diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer or angina should take special precautions.

Yergensen says health officials recommend that if a person is in an area where they can smell smoke, or  experience symptoms of coughing, eye, nose, mouth, or throat irritation, they should move indoors and stay there with the windows closed as long as it is safe to do so.  Also, kids and adults affected by smoke or forest fire haze can reduce their exposure by decreasing outdoor activity and staying indoors as much as possible.