The fire district says chemicals from household products mixed with smoke from a fire can create a toxic environment.
It says there’s no telling if toxins are in certain objects.
If items smell strongly of smoke, you should probably throw it out.
“They can be contaminated with the materials with the chemistry that settles as it comes onto the ground. A lot of those things can be heavier than the air and they will settle in material that doesn’t burn and they can be unhealthy for you,” said public information officer for Illinois Valley District, Jes Webb.
Webb says any food that is salvageable should be thrown out and not eaten.
NOTE: This applies to homes that are in areas that burned around them, supplies do not need to be thrown out if you were not evacuated or have a residence not close to actively burning fires.
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology.
In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.