Protect Your Lungs From Wildfire Smoke
Wildfires are a growing natural hazard in most regions of the United States. They
pose a threat to life and property, particularly where native ecosystems meet populated
Sometimes the secondary effects of wildfires, including changes in air and water
quality, are more damaging to health than the fire itself.
Wildfires expose people, especially children and those with lung problems, to a
number of environmental hazards, including the byproducts of burning wood, plastics,
and chemicals released from burning structures and furnishings.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has compiled this list of
resources to help you protect yourself, your children, and your pets during and
after a wildfire.
Any documents linked below are in pdf format.
General Information on Wildfires and Health
How Wildfires Affect the Health of Children
Protecting Your Pets in a Disaster
For Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders
Cleaning Up After a Disaster
How Open Burning Can Lead to Wildfires
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123
or by email.