In the Spotlight
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Debris Smoke
What you need to do if you smell smoke.
Indoor Air Quality Information
List of offices or programs identified by each state as dealing with indoor air-related health inquiries.
- Fire Safety
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
- Indoor Air Quality [PDF - 69 KB]
Poor indoor air quality comes from many sources. It can lead to suffering from lung diseases such as asthma. It can also cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal mucus, nausea and tiredness.
- Protect Yourself and Your Family from Debris Smoke
Smoke produced from burning debris after natural disasters is unhealthy for you to breathe. It can cause shortness of breath or tightness in the chest or coughing. It also can sting your eyes, nose, or throat.
You can do many things to protect yourself and your family from the dangers a volcanic eruption can cause. Volcanoes can produce ash, toxic gases, flashfloods of hot water and debris called lahars, lava flows, and fast-moving flows of hot gases and debris called pyroclastic flows.
- Wildfires: What YOU Need to Know...
Tips to stay healthy if a wildfire threatens your area.
- EPA Air Pollution Training Institute EPA's Air Pollution Training Institute provides technical training to state, tribal, and local air pollution professionals.
- National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network - Outdoor Air
The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.
- Smoke from Agricultural and Forest Fires
Advice from the EPA on how to protect your family from the health effects of smoke from agricultural and forest fires.
- Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials [PDF - 1.33 MB]
A report for public health officials on the dangers of wildfire smoke — characteristics, health effects, sensitive populations, etc.