Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials

Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (revised 2019)

 

This Guide is intended to provide state, tribal, and local public health officials with information they need to be prepared for smoke events and, when wildfire smoke is present, to communicate health risks and take measures to protect the public. Although developed for public health officials, the information in this document could be useful to many other groups including health professionals, air quality officials, and members of the public.

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Resource Details

Authors:
Inter-agency collaboration that includes: California Air Resources Board; California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Forest Service; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Published:
August 2019

Length:
88 pages

Tags:
Air Quality Events

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Health Effects of Wildfire
Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality
Specific Strategies to Reduce Exposure to Wildfire Smoke
Communicating Air Quality Conditions during Smoke Events
Recommendations for Public Health Actions

I. Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke
II. Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality Impacts Composition of wildfire smoke
III. Specific Strategies to Reduce Exposure to Wildfire Smoke
IV. Communicating Air Quality Conditions during Smoke Events
V. Recommendations for Public Health Actions

References
Additional Resources and Links
Appendix A – Available Factsheets as of March 2019
Appendix B – Identification and Preparation of Cleaner Air Shelters for Protection of the Public from Wildfire Smoke
Appendix C – Technical Wildfire and Smoke Resources
Appendix D – Guidance on Protecting Workers in Offices and Similar Indoor Workplaces from Wildfire Smoke
Appendix E – Hazards during Cleanup Work Following Wildfires from National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health

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