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Smoke Events

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about smoke events, including:

  • What is a smoke event?

  • What toxic chemicals are released during a smoke event?

  • Can I get sick from smoke?

  • How can I protect myself during a smoke event?

  • How will I know if a smoke event is happening near me?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving smoke.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.