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Jun 21, 2013 6:30 PM by Tony Spehar

El Paso County Public Health offers tips for dealing with smoke from wildfires

El Paso County Public Health has released recommendations for those affected by wildfire smoke billowing across Southern Colorado.

Young children, those with respiratory issues, people who like to exercise outside or have to work outside are advised to limit activity outside.

If smoke is so thick that visibility is down to less than five-miles experts say it is likely that smoke around you has reached unhealthy levels. If you see or smell smoke you are advised to go indoors and keep doors and windows closed and once you feel smoke is no longer present outside it is important to open windows and run fans to start indoor-outdoor airflow. Air conditioners with filters can be used but if none are available move to a cool area and drink plenty of water.

Residents are advised to call a doctor if they begin experiencing symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment continuously updates air quality, that information can be found at www.elpasocountyhealth.org.

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