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Protect Your Health & Lungs from the Smoke

Health News Ventura County is currently experiencing poor air quality from the Woolsey and Hill fires burning in our area. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze and can make it hard to breathe. If you have asthma or another lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially harmful. If you cannot leave the smoky area, good ways to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke include wearing an N95 mask, staying indoors and reducing physical activity.

Adventist Health Simi Valley has free N95 masks available to the public. The masks are provided by Ventura County and can be picked up from our emergency department at:

Adventist Health Simi Valley
Emergency Department
2975 N. Sycamore Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065


Note: paper masks with one strap and surgical masks will NOT protect your lungs from wildfire smoke. Scarves or bandanas (wet or dry) won't help either. A "particulate respirator" mask, like an N95 mask, is much more effective at removing small airborne particles such as those from a fire.

Medical emergencies can be common during excessive smoke-filled conditions. The American Lung Association has a great tips list here for review. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, be sure to call 9-1-1 right away.