Officials with Gunderson Tri-County Hospitals and Clinics are recommending people take precautions as the smoke from the wildfires out West travel into our area.
In a press release, they say that anyone suffering from respiratry illnesses and other vulnerable people should limit their time outdoors or stay inside to protect their lungs. “Smoke from fires is a dangerous irritant to the eyes and respiratory system. It can make heart conditions and lung diseases like asthma worse,” Todd Mahr, MD at Tri-County Hospitals and Clinics said. “Children are especially vulnerable because their lungs are less developed, and they are closer to the ground, and thus more likely to take in more smoke."