Larry the PM2.5 fine particle lurks around when it's smoky outside and can affect people's health. Learn about the simple actions you can take to protect your health from smoke.

Tiny particles like Larry lurk around when it’s smoky outside.

Larry affects some people more than others, especially people with heart or lung conditions, like asthma. He also irritates people over 65 and kids under 14, smokers and pregnant women more than other adults.

So how do you stay safe when Larry’s around?

If you have a heart or lung condition, make sure you take your medications and follow your treatment plan.

If there’s no fire threat outside, stay inside. Shut doors and windows and switch any air con to ‘recirculate’ to keep Larry out as much as possible.

Keep the physical activity down when Larry’s around and reduce indoor air pollution.

This means no smoking, burning candles or vacuuming and a lot of time to take it easy.

And when there’s a break in smoky conditions, air out the house. See ya later, Larry!

Keep Larry out of your lungs. Stay safe and keep your airways clear.


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Last updated: January 2017

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