DANGERS OF SMOKE INHALATION

There are many people who were exposed to dangerous levels of smoke inhalation in Malibu. If you are near an area where there are large amounts of smoke from the fires, I would highly recommend getting to better air quality NOW.

Smoke inhalation is not a joke. When exposed to high levels of smoke, the cells in the lungs begin to malfunction. It becomes difficult for oxygen to diffuse into the blood stream. This will start with shallow breathing and can turn into rapid breathing and bluish skin. This can be LIFE THREATENING. When the lungs endure enough damage, the cells that release surfactant to lubricate the lungs are compromised and then breathing becomes even more difficult. If symptoms get to this level, you must visit an ER right away, this is a very dangerous condition that can lead to death very quickly.

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