Where There’s Fire, There’s……

Smoke continues to impact the Sacramento region due to fires burning throughout Northern California.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Quality Management District with Sacramento County Health Officer Glennah Trochet, M.D., advises area residents to take precautions and consider restricting outside activities.

If you smell or see smoke, individuals should consider taking the following actions:

  • Everyone should avoid outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure since PM* can cause heart attacks

“Smoke can affect anyone, but it’s especially harmful to people who have existing breathing problems, like seniors or anyone suffering from asthma or emphysema,” said Glennah Trochet M.D., Sacramento County Health Officer. “The fine particles in smoke can obstruct the airways, making it harder to breathe and reducing oxygen intake.”

At 1 p.m., air quality reached UNHEALTHY levels in the Sacramento region due to wildfires in central and northern California.

These levels are expected to continue through tomorrow.

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