|What are the health risks from smoke?|
- While the fire is burning or smoke is in the air, it is best to stay indoors.
- Keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot.
- If you have an air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean.
- Follow any directions given by the police or fire departments.
- Residents in the area of a fire who have existing heart or lung conditions (including asthma or other breathing problems, chronic obstructive lung disease) should take extra precautions to minimize their exposure.
What precautions should I take after a fire?
- Before turning your air conditioner or heating system back on, check the filter to make sure it is clean.
- Residents who have vegetable/fruit gardens that have soot on them should thoroughly wash any produce with soap and water before eating.
- Outdoor equipment and children's toys with soot on them should be washed with soap and water.
- Take off your shoes when entering the home to prevent bringing soot in from the outside.
- Parents should ensure that when children have been playing outside they wash their hands well, especially before eating.
- If your power was out for more than 4 hours be sure to check the food in your fridge and freezer. Advice on food and power outages can be found at: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/power_outage.htm