Smoke caused by a wildfire is a mixture of gases and particles from burning trees and
other materials. Contact with smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory
system, and worsen certain chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease. When
smoke levels are high, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, or eye irritation may
occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt medical attention.
After a wildfire, don’t enter your house until officials have said it’s safe. Use caution
when entering burned areas of your home as hazards may exist. Avoid damaged or
fallen power lines. Wet debris down to reduce exposure to dust particles, and wear
leather gloves and heavy-soled shoes to protect hands and feet. Discard any food
that has been exposed to heat or smoke. And, listen to emergency updates to confirm
the water supply is safe before using any tap water.