Smoke and Spare the Air Alerts Issued

Smoke from regional wildfires is drifting into West Sacramento and the rest of the Sacramento Valley, prompting Spare the Air and smoke alerts from the Yolo-Solano Air District.

 

Smoke Map showing smoke is coming from fires in far Northern California and Oregon

Wildfire Smoke Tips

 

  • Reduce outdoor physical activity. Exercise increases the amount of air lungs intake by as much as 10 to 20 times, allowing pollution to travel deeper into the lungs.

 

  • Reduce exposure to smoke. Children, the elderly, women who are pregnant, and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure.

 

  • Lower other sources of indoor air pollution. Smoking cigarettes, using gas, propane and wood-burning stoves and furnaces, spraying aerosol cans and even burning candles or incense can increase particle levels in a home and should be avoided when wildfire smoke is present.

 

  • Pay attention to local news. Watch the news for health warnings as well as what to do in an emergency situation. Paying attention to public health messages is a measure residents can take to avoid smoke impacts and stay informed.

 

  • Stay indoors. Avoid outdoor activities regardless of health or fitness level. Smoke affects everyone.

 

  • Turn on your air conditioner. Reduce exposure to outdoor smoke by closing all windows and doors and turning on the air conditioner. Consider visiting a place with air conditioning if no air conditioner is available and it is too warm to stay indoors.

 

  • Sign up to receive EnviroFlash alerts from the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD). Receive local air quality alerts and forecasts via email or text at http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.org/ that also allows new users to choose which monitoring site is closest to them.

 

 

If traveling in a car is necessary, reduce the amount of wildfire smoke inside the car by keeping windows and doors closed. Keep vents shut and if possible use the car’s ‘recirculate air’ option.

 

Wildfire smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles when wood and other organic materials are burning that can penetrate deep into the lungs causing a range of health issues from coughing and trouble breathing to headaches and chest pain that can affect everyone, especially older adults, young children, women who are pregnant, and people with heart or lung disease and asthma.

 

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District supports its mission to protect human health and property from the harmful effects of air pollution and provides public education and information to engage and empower all residents and communities to lower their emissions and exposure.

 

To receive electronic notifications about air quality advisories or health warnings related to smoke, visit: http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.org. For more information about the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, including signing up for the monthly newsletter, visit: www.ysaqmd.org. Connect with the District on Facebook at: www.Facebook.com/YoloSolanoAir or on Twitter at: www.Twitter.com/YoloSolanoAir.

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