First District Health Unit Issues Health Advisory for People With Respiratory Conditions in Response to Fire Near Minot, N.D.
MINOT, N.D. - In response to the fire burning at Earth Recycling near Minot, N.D., First District Health Unit is issuing the following health advisory for people who have respiratoryconditions and are in the area of the smoke plume:
· People who have respiratory conditions – such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis – should stay inside, close their windows, and shut off their furnaces/air conditions until thesmoky haze clears.
· People who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory distress should seek medical care immediately.
· Anyone who is concerned about the smoke may choose to stay indoors or temporarily leave the area.
Small pieces of ash and soot (particulate matter) in the air that can be breathed into the lungs is the main health concern connected with the fire at this time. Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or conditions such as asthma and allergies. If individuals find themselves reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting their breathing, they should seek immediate help from a medical provider.
For more information, contact Jim Heckman, Director of Environmental Health, First District Health Unit, at (701) 852-1376.