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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely: CDPH Recommends Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recent burn areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. …

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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely

CDPH Recommend Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning people to be especially careful when cleaning up ash left by wildfires. The ash may contain many toxic substances, including arsenic, asbestos, lead and fine particles that can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems. “It’s important to limit …

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