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Posted on: September 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Stay Safe from Wildfire Smoke

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Smoke from wildfires in Northern California and Oregon is impacting air quality in Contra Costa County. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert through Saturday, Sept. 23.

People should minimize outdoor activities when they see or smell smoke, particularly older adults, pregnant women, and people who have asthma, lung or heart disease. It is also recommended that those impacted by smoke set their air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside. 

Exposure to smoky air can make anyone feel unwell, coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes, or runny nose. Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms are severe or worsening.

Using a mask is not an adequate substitute for staying indoors in a space with filtered air. Bandanas, surgical masks, and other face coverings are insufficient protection against wildfire smoke. Those who must go out during smoky periods should wear respirator-style masks (N-95, N-100, KN-95).

Visit https://cchealth.org/wildfire-smoke/ for more information and tips on smoke protection. Get updates on Twitter: @CCCounty, @CoCoHealth, and @ContraCostaFire. Check air quality at https://airnow.gov.

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