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FAQ Topic: Ash Safety

Health Effects of Ash

Fire ash may be irritating to the skin, nose, and throat, and may cause coughing and/or nose bleeds. Fine particles can be inhaled deeply into lungs and may aggravate asthma and make it difficult to breathe. If the ash contains asbestos, nickel, arsenic or cadmium, then exposure is a particular concern because these substances can … Continued

Keep Ash Away

Do not allow children to play in the ash and wash off children’s toys before children play with them. Immediately wash any part of your body that touches ash to avoid irritation. The best protection for children is to keep them indoors to reduce their exposure until ash has been removed. Wash fruits and vegetables … Continued

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