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Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires: Smoke and Your Health

This page provides a list of resources that can be used to understand the health effects from wildfires and other smoke events that involve burning of trees, shrubs, grasslands and other vegetation and actions to take to protect your health from smoke exposure.

Smoke From Fires
  • How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health: Learn who is more at risk from smoke, how to tell if it is affecting you, and steps you can take to protect your health. Learn what to do before, during and after a wildfire.
Wildfire Smoke with Border
  • Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials(76 pp, 2.3 MB, About PDF) The guide is an easy-to-use resource that outlines whose health is most affected by wildfire smoke, how to reduce exposure to smoke, what public health actions are recommended, and how to communicate air quality to the public. The recommendations are based on science conducted by EPA and others.
Particle Pollution
  • Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health Course: Particle pollution, also known as particulate matter (PM), is the main component of haze, smoke, and dust. This course provides health professionals with knowledge they can share with patients to help reduce overall risk of PM-related health effects, particularly in individuals with heart and lung disease.
Infographic: How to Wear a Mask
Healthy Heart
  • Healthy Heart Toolkit: Breathing in fine particle pollution (PM2.5) can trigger heart attacks, ischemic stroke, abnormal heart rhythms and worsen heart failure in people with cardiovascular disease or older adults with medical conditions that put them at risk. Particle pollution is a main component of smoke. Use the toolkit to protect your heart and learn about the latest science to study air pollution and cardiovascular disease. 
Smoke Sense App
  • EPA's Smoke Sense App: The Smoke Sense mobile app, developed by EPA researchers, enables users to get information on air quality and learn how to protect their health from wildland fire smoke. The app is being used in a citizen science study to determine how smoke from fires impacts public health. The app is available for anyone to use and can be downloaded on Android or iOS.
  • EPA's Burn Wise Program:  This is a voluntary partnership program between EPA, state agencies, manufacturers, and consumers to emphasize the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.
CDC’s Before During and After (house)
  • CDC’s Before, During and After a Wildfire: More and more people make their homes in areas that are prone to wildfires. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from a wildfire, evacuate safely during a wildfire, and how to stay healthy when you return home.
Photo of Fire
  • FEMA: Be informed about Wildfires: This page explains what actions to take if you receive a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.