HOUSTON — Public health officials said air monitoring had not indicated unsafe levels, but they noted "this is an evolving situation."

People with respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD might notice moderate effects from the smoke plume.

Common symptoms could include coughing, difficulty breathing and burning, irritation and redness to eyes, nose and throat. 

People could also experience headaches, nausea or dizziness, according to Public Health.

The elderly, pregnant women, children, people with respiratory issues, or people with weak immune symptoms may be especially impacted, public health officials said.

Contact your healthcare provider if you experience adverse symptoms from the chemical storage tank fire in La Porte, the Harris County Public Health Department recommends.

If your pet has any of these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.

Anyone who comes in contact with residue/particles from the fire should wash their hands and skin with soap and water for 3 to 5 minutes.

If pets come in contact with the particles, bathe it while wearing gloves.

ITC officials said anyone with damage or loss claims as a result of the fire is encouraged to visit http://itcclaims.com or call the hotline at (346) 263-9766.


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