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Wildfire Smoke and
Your Patients' Health
Wildfires are increasing in size and
intensity, a trend that is expected
to continue.
Learn about the health
effects associated with
wildfire smoke and steps
patients should take before
and during a wildfire to
reduce smoke exposure.
Reducing smoke exposure is
especially important for
people with respiratory or
cardiovascular disease, older
adults, and children.
www.epa.gov/wildfire-smoke-course
United States
Environmental Protection
iAgency
EPA-452/F-19-003

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Use the Air Quality Index to know
when to reduce your exposure.
Good
Moderate
51-100
Unhealthy for Sensitive
Groups
101-150
Unhealthy
151-200
Very Unhealthy
201-300
Hazardous
301 +
Effects of Short-Term
Smoke Exposure
Irritation of the eyes and
respiratory tract
Respiratory symptoms
	Coughing
	Phlegm
	Wheezing
	Difficulty breathing
Respiratory effects
	Bronchitis
	Reduced lung function
	Increased aggravation of asthma and other
lung diseases
	Increased emergency room visits and
hospital admissions
Cardiovascular effects
	Heart failure
	Heart attack
	Stroke
	Increased emergency room visits and
hospital admissions
Increased risk of premature death

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