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Wildfires can leave lingering smoke and ash in people's homes and businesses. When you return to a home or business that has survived a wildfire, it's important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from inhaling smoke and ash. Smoke and ash can cause lung, heart and other health problems when disturbed then inhaled or ingested.Oregon Health Authority, DEQ and OSHA do not require nor administer certifications for returning to a home that has survived a wildfire. Make sure you're aware of your local county's resources and guidance for safely returning home.
This information compiled by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health.
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