The recent wildfires here in Colorado taught us many things. And while we all know to be careful during this high temperature low rainfall days, there may be some things about wildfires you don’t know.
Wildfires are a large concern during the dry months of summer. When an area is under drought conditions, it can lead to a high risk of wildfires. The dry weeds, grasses, and timbers and quickly go up in flames – and the fires can spread with alarming speed. Wildfires can make the outdoor air quality deteriorate from the smoke. Smoke inhalation can cause serious health problems, especially for the elderly. The following wildfire safety tips will help you protect your elderly loved ones.
Limit activity – Senior citizens should limit their activities, especially outdoor activities, when the outdoor air quality is reduced. By limiting their activities, they will reduce the amount of smoke-filled air that their body breathes in.
Avoid going outside – One of the best things the elderly can do when wildfires are in the area is to simply stay inside. Keeping doors and windows closed will help keep the smoky air out. They should also use their air conditioners on a recirculating mode, when possible.
Stay in touch with doctors – The elderly should always stay in close contact with their physicians when wildfires are affecting the air quality. This is especially true if they have health problems, such as heart disease. Seniors should notify their doctor of any problems, such as difficulty breathing, chest pains and severe headaches. Their doctor may advise them to leave the area until the wildfires subside.
Information is power – The elderly should stay on top of the latest news and air quality reports. This will help keep them informed about the quality of the air as the wildfires burn. If you have an elderly loved one, you can help by keeping yourself informed. If you have concerns, you and your loved one can make a decision together about their best options.