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2016 Air Quality

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Over the past several weeks our region has been hit by many wildfires. Even if you are not near by the fire itself you can still experience health hazards.

Wildfires expose us to some health hazards like:

• Fire, and smoke
• Byproducts of burning wood, plastics and other chemicals that may be released during a wildfire.
• Stress that comes along with a wildfire is also hard on our health.

Children, pregnant women, people with asthma and older adults are more at risk for health problems when the air quality is not good.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a guide for reporting daily air quality. It uses colors and numbers to show how clean or polluted the air is.AirQualityChart

How to protect your health when Wildfire smoke levels are high:

• Stay indoors
• Close windows and doors.
• Use air conditioning and air filters
• Reduce activity
• Do not smoke indoors
• Use room air cleaners: High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air cleaners can help reduce indoor air pollution.

Create a clean room at home with windows closed, air conditioner on, use HEPA-filter, do not vacuum unless using a HEPA filtered vacuum, do not smoke or burn anything including candles and incense. Keep room clean.

If you have Asthma

Make sure your asthma plan is in place
Refill your asthma medicines as needed

Respirators can keep the fine particles in the air from entering your airways. Wear one if you must work outdoors on unhealthy days.

Use N95 Particulate Filtering Face piece Respirator This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles but is not resistant to oil. For information about N95 Respirators: www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/n95list1.html

For more information about Air Quality and forecasts for your area visit http://www.airnow.gov 

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