CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Avoiding the smoke in Southern Oregon during fire season is nearly impossible but there are a few things you can do, simple things like changing your air-conditioning filters and wearing masks whenever you have to go outside.
For sensitive populations such as children and the elderly, the smoke can have serious consequences. In a worst case senario, smoke inhalation can cause congestive heart failure.
Pear Valley Senior Living Community has a summer plan in place in the case that smoke settles back into the valley this summer. Each residential room has its own air conditioning unit with filters that are changed on a regular basis. For residents who are on oxygen, more frequent changes are made to their tank filters and replacement tubes. For activities, the community has in-door plans to encourage residents to stay out of the smoke.
Rachel Somadhi, Pear Valley Senior Living’s healthcare coordinator listed a few signs of smoke severe inhalation you can watch for in small children or elderly individuals in your life:
- Fingertips turning blue or purple
- Visibly struggling to breathe
- Frequent coughing
- Complaints of chest pain
- Congested sinuses (similar to allergies)
- Difficulty taking a deep breath
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