LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As multiple wildfires ravaged the Southland, health officials warned the public of the impact fires of this magnitude might have on one’s health.
A number of brush fires broke out Thursday across the Southland, prompting thousands of people to flee their homes.READ MORE: Federal Court Strikes Down Judge’s Order To Provide Housing To All Skid Row Homeless
Victor Waters with Dignity Health Hospital warned of the health hazards associated with the smoke caused by these fires.
“Smoke inhalation is a big issue when we have to deal with the aftereffect,” said Waters. “Anyone who has asthma, or pulmonary, or lung issues, they’re particularly vulnerable to smoke inhalation and smoke.”
Waters warned that even when smoke is not visible, problems breathing could occur.READ MORE: Smokey Southland Skies Caused By Wildfires Burning In Northern And Central California Spur Air Quality Concerns
“Then there are just allergic problems…allergic reactions,” he said.
Some of the symptoms of these allergies were said to include teary eyes, coughing, itchy skin, dizziness.
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- Avoid smoke as much as possible
- Be in an enclosed area, preferably with air conditioning
- Wear a mask if it is necessary to go outside
People that are at risk of inhalation injuries, such as asthma or lung disease, should be especially cautious of protecting their lungs by wearing a mask.