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Air Quality, Fires, and Volcanic Eruptions

Smoke from wildfires or burning debris after natural disasters is a mixture of gases and fine particles that can cause breathing difficulties or coughing and can harm your eyes. More »


Asthma

Asthma is a serious environmental health threat, but it can be controlled by taking medication and by avoiding contact with environmental "triggers" such as dust mites, furry pets, mold, tobacco smoke, and certain chemicals. More »


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death, is found in combustion fumes produced by cars and trucks, generators, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, gas ranges, and heating systems. More »


Mold

Mold grows anywhere there is moisture but can be prevented. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or skin irritation. More »

 
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