Southern California residents impacted by wildfires should take precautions to protect their health until fires have been contained.
Take the following measures to reduce your exposure to the pollutants released from the fire:
- Stay indoors, especially the elderly, pregnant women, children and immunocompromised individuals.
- Keep all doors and windows closed.
- Limit outdoor activities and physically strenuous activities indoors.
If you are experiencing health issues related to the fire, please seek treatment at:
Most smoke particles are captured in the buildings air filtration system, but particles can enter a building through open doors and windows. Even so, individuals are advised to close all windows and doors, and stay indoors to reduce inhalation of outdoor air pollutants.
A more effective approach is to stay indoors to reduce smoke exposure. Sensitive individuals such as elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals should take extra precautions to stay indoors.
Stay indoors, and keep all windows and room doors closed. Ensure building entrance doors remain closed.
Children should reduce their outdoor activity and stay indoors. If your child suffers from a health condition which may be exacerbated from the fire, talk your doctor immediately if your child’s condition worsens.
According to South Coast Air Quality Management District, everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion.
Individuals whose work requires them to be outdoors can wear N95 respirators. Surgical masks are not N95 respirators, and are not appropriate to filter smoke particles. N95 respirators can be purchased at any hardware store. Ensure the N95 respirator is NIOSH certified and has a tight seal on the face. Supervisors can rotate shifts every 2-4 hours, if operationally feasible.
The ash and smoke from fires can irritate your eyes and airways, and may cause coughing and/or scratchy throat. It may exacerbate your sinuses and cause headaches. Visit Occupational Health Facilities, Arthur ASHE Student Health & Wellness Center or consult your personal physician if you are experiencing significant health impacts.
Refer to a memo published by Campus Human Resources regarding support services: https://www.chr.ucla.edu/hr-administration/support-services-available-for-ucla-staff-impacted-by-wild-fires
Links from calepa:
- General resources https://calepa.ca.gov/disaster/fire/
- Video: protect yourself from wildfire smoke https://www.arb.ca.gov/videos/impacts_of_smoke.htm
- Wildfire smoke guide https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/wildfire_may2016.pdf
- Section: “summary of strategies for exposure reduction” https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/wildfire_may2016.pdf#%5b%7b%22num%22%3a88%2c%22gen%22%3a0%7d%2c%7b%22name%22%3a%22xyz%22%7d%2c58%2c308%2c0%5d
Links from ucla fire:
- Iniciweb is for tracking national forest fires. E.g. Angles crest forest creek fire burning today. Https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/
- Cal fire is for state fires. But if they are working on county or federal fires it will show up too. Creek fire, thomas fire fires. Http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
- Lafd creek fire http://www.lafd.org/alerts
- Red flag https://notify.lafd.org/redflag/index.cfm
- Lacofd rye and creek fires https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/category/lacofd-news/
- Follow twitter on these sites as well as download the pulse point app. Http://www.pulsepoint.org/
Links from South Coast Air Quality Management: