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How a wildfire can affect your health

You don't have to be in the middle of a wildfire to feel the effects of it.

As the smoke from a wildfire spreads across a region, Colorado, so do questions about how the smoke can affect a person's health.

In this special edition of Healthy U, Dr. Jim Hoyt from Northern Colorado Pulmonary Consultants explains some of the symptoms people could experience from drifting smoke, who is most at risk of developing complications and what should be done if problems arise.

For more tips on protecting your health during a wildfire, click here.

For more about the series or links to other episodes, go to the main Healthy U Tips page. 


If you liked this Healthy U Tips video, you may want to check out some of these other videos:

  • Helping kids cope during natural disasters. Michael Gitter, clinical case coordinator at Mountain Crest Behavioral Hospital, gives tips for helping kids cope with their fears and concerns during a wildfire.
  • Wildfire and children. Richard Hahn, respiratory services manager at Poudre Valley Hospital, talks about why kids are sensitive to air quality changes, including tips to keep breathing easier.
  • Wildfire air quality tips. Richard Hahn gives tips for preventing and mitigating respiratory and breathing problems when wildfires degrade air quality.
  • Poudre Valley Hospital EMS's role in the response. Steve Main, manager of ambulance services at Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Medical Service, explains the role the service is taking in the response effort and how the public can help responders.


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