A fire at the Concordia dumpsite occurred Saturday, according to the V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Waste Management Authority.
V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Waste Management Authority were dispatched to a pile of tires on fire. The emergency response teams swiftly handled the situation, successfully containing and extinguishing the fire, according to the press release.
“VIFEMS continues to closely monitor the scene at the Concordia Dumpsite to gather further information and assess the situation,” said Assistant Director Antonio Stevens. “However, we are aware that the odor and smoke emitted from the dumpsite have had an impact on the nearby communities and those downwind of the site. We urge residents and anyone affected by the downwind spread of smoke to follow these measures, as they will help minimize health risks and respiratory issues.”
Safety Guidelines for Residents Impacted:
Minimize Outdoor Exposure: If you live in the affected area or downwind of the smoke, limit your time outdoors, especially if you have respiratory issues or are sensitive to smoke. Stay indoors as much as possible to reduce exposure to the odor and respiratory irritants.
Keep Windows and Doors Closed: Prevent smoke from entering your home by keeping windows and doors closed. Use air conditioning or ventilation systems with proper filters to maintain clean indoor air quality.
Use Air Purifiers: Improve indoor air quality by using air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters. These filters can help remove particulate matter and reduce the impact of smoke.
Avoid Strenuous Physical Activity: Engaging in intense physical activities can lead to increased inhalation of smoke, potentially aggravating respiratory issues. Avoid activities that require heavy breathing or exertion until the air quality improves.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Proper hydration helps maintain respiratory health and can alleviate some symptoms associated with smoke exposure.
Follow Medical Advice: If you have pre-existing respiratory conditions or underlying health concerns, adhere to the advice provided by your healthcare professional. Ensure you have an adequate supply of necessary medications and seek medical assistance if your symptoms worsen.
Relieving Irritated Eyes, Mouth, or Nose: If you experience irritation in your eyes, mouth, or nose due to the smoke, try the following remedies:
- Rinse Eyes: Use clean water to rinse your eyes gently and avoid rubbing which can worsen the irritation. Over-the-counter eye drops or artificial tears can provide relief for dry or irritated eyes. Follow the instructions on the packaging and consult a healthcare professional if needed.
- Gargle and Rinse Mouth: Gargle with salt water or rinse your mouth to alleviate any discomfort or taste caused by the smoke.
- Saline Nasal Spray: Use a saline nasal spray to moisturize your nasal passages, relieve congestion, and flush out irritants.