How To Cope With Smoke Inhalation From The Riverton Fire

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As we continue to deal with the health impacts of the ongoing Riverton fire, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has shared the following tips on how to deal with smoke inhalation and help your loved ones if they are in difficulty.

  • Avoid undue exposure to the smoke by closing windows and doors.
  • Persons with chronic respiratory illnesses should not participate in outdoor activities in areas affected by smoke.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a clean damp rag to protect from inhalation of smoke and other particles.
  • Pay special attention to children especially those who are asthmatic and/or suffer from other respiratory illnesses.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if breathing is unusual.
  • Windows and doors should be kept closed to reduce exposure to smoke, dust and other emissions.
  • Get emergency help if you are dizzy or confused, have chest pain or tightness, are coughing or choking.
  • Signs of a health emergency: wheezing, shortness of breath, irregular breathing, nausea, vomiting, hoarseness, blurry vision.
  • In case of a health crisis, move the person into fresh air if you can do so safely.
  • Sit or lay the person down, but not on back if the person is vomiting or coughing up sputum.