Montrose, COLO.—Multiple wildfires in southwestern Colorado as well as smoke from additional fires in the western United States have contributed to poor air quality across the county. Montrose County Public Health Department would like to offer a few tips to community members that are affected by the additional smoke in the air. Most healthy people have no more than minor or short-term health difficulties with smoke. However, excessive smoke can result in unhealthy or hazardous air quality. If smoke is affecting your health, contact your doctor.
Those who are most likely to be affected by smoke are the elderly, young children, people with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Symptoms that are related to smoke exposure are: eye, nose and/or throat irritation- runny eyes and/or nose, coughing, sore throat. Trouble breathing or tightness of the chest are symptoms that may be a health emergency—at that time please call 911.
Also try to move in a place with cleaner air flow and utilize the following tips:
Always be prepared to evacuate if any fire is in your path and plan ahead. Your evacuation route and destination can save your life. Ready Colorado has great resources for emergency planning and preparedness at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhsem/readycolorado-0. To sign-up for CodeRED alerts from the Montrose County Sheriff's Office, please visit: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7ED953CC69. For more information on Montrose County Public Health, please visit montrosecounty.net. For information on wildfires burning in Montrose County, please visit www.westslopefireinfo.com or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.