What to do when there is falling ash

The National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE) has shared the infographic above so that people can take precautions if they are in an area with falling ash. Currently there are two active volcanoes in the Central Valley, where most of Costa Rica’s population resides: Turrialba and Poás. Below is a translation of the CNE’s advice.

Recommendations in case of falling volcanic ash:

  • If you have to go outside, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
  • If there is contact with or irritation of the eyes, wash with lots of water without rubbing them.
  • If ash is falling, do not eat outdoors.
  • Avoid driving. If you must drive, do so slowly and with your headlights on; ash reduces visibility and causes streets to become slippery.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat and a long-sleeve shirt or blouse.


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