Fire ash may be irritating to the eyes and skin. If the ash is inhaled, it can be irritating to the nose and throat and may cause coughing.
Exposure to ash in the air could trigger asthmatic attacks in people who have asthma. In order to avoid possible health problems, the following precautions are recommended:
If ash gets on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.
Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air.
Wear eye protection, such as goggles.
A dust mask can significantly reduce, but not eliminate, the amount of particles inhaled. A mask rated N-95 or P-100 will be more effective than simpler dust or surgical masks in blocking particles from ash.
People with heart or lung disease should consult their physicians before using a mask during post-fire cleanup.
Gentle sweeping of indoor and outdoor hard surfaces followed by wet mopping is the best procedure in most cases.
If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees, wash the fruit or vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
For additional information, go to the Orange County Health Care Agency's website
Warning about spoiled food:
Power was off in many areas long enough for food to spoil. Since power was restored, items have had time to refreeze. Officials warn that these food items are a potential health hazard.
The latest general conditions throughout Southern California:
Los Angeles CountyRoad closures:
Glendora Mountain Road from Big Dalton Road to East Fork
Vasquez Canyon Road from 1,000 feet east of Bouquet Canyon Road to Sierra Highway
Vasquez Canyon Road from Bouquet Canyon Road to 1,000 feet east of Bouquet Canyon Road
For more information, check www.lacounty.info