Health department offers tips for coping with fireworks smoke
The state Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch is offering people with breathing problems the following guidelines for coping with fireworks smoke on New Year’s Eve:
• Stay indoors and close your windows and doors.
• Make sure your air conditioner works and change its filter if necessary.
• Do not smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.
• If you require medication, make sure you have an adequate supply and use them as directed by your doctor.
• Contact your doctor if you need more medication and get clear instructions on what to do if your lung condition suddenly worsens.
• Avoid people who have colds and other lung infections and wash your hands thoroughly.
• Drinks plenty of liquids, especially warm beverages, to loosen mucus.
• Get plenty of rest and limit physical exertion.
The Clean Air Branch will be monitoring Hawaii’s air quality during New Year’s Eve and will compare it to national ambient air quality standards.
For more information about air quality, contact the Clean Air Branch at 586-4200.
For information on respiratory health and New Year’s fireworks, contact the American Lung Association of Hawaii at 537-5966 or go to: www.ala-hawaii.org