The 2019 update to the Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (Wildfire Smoke Guide) is now available. The guide provides public health officials with the information they need to prepare for smoke events, communicate health risks and take measures to protect public health. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about what to do when smoke travels from nearby forest fires.
This fourth edition of the guide offers new information and resources that can be used to get communities smoke ready, including fact sheets on what to do before, during and after a wildfire to protect your health.
The document has five chapters:
A PSA video offers an overview of what is in the guide and can be included in any communications outreach to prepare for wildfire smoke and smoke from prescribed burns.
The guide is a multi-agency document developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (US CDC/NIOSH), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Department of Public Health (CA DPH), and California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (CA OEHHA).
View the guide and other resources to prepare for wildfire smoke on the Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30