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ALA Gives Health Tips for Those Living Near Ohio Train Derailment Site

The harmful chemicals or gases can be harmful or possibly fatal

As Columbiana County residents continue dealing with the impacts of the train derailment in East Palestine, the American Lung Association (ALA) has released a series of health tips to provide advice for those facing evacuations and poor air quality.

“Smoke from the fire, which has been burning for four days, can cause an increase in particle pollution in the area,” according to the ALA. “Particle pollution, often referred to as PM or soot, refers to a mix of tiny solid and liquid particles that are in the air we breathe and can cause a variety of health harms. In addition, the harmful chemicals or gases that escape into the air when an industrial accident like this occurs can be harmful or possibly fatal to nearby individuals -- which is why it is so critical that evacuation orders be promptly followed.”

Amid concerns of a potential explosion, officials conducted a controlled release of chemicals on Monday.

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