Air Quality Advisory Issued for Smoke July 17
Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) issued an advisory today due to the smoke from wildfires burning in Southern California which will continue to affect Jean, the Las Vegas Valley, and other parts of Clark County, as well as the Carpenter 1 wildfire burning in the Spring Mountains, which drifted into the Las Vegas Valley last night. The advisory will be in effect today through this evening. Information on the fires can be found at http://www.inciweb.org/.
Smoke is made of small particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases.
Although the air looks bad, unhealthy levels of air pollution are not occurring at this time. Air Quality officials will continue to monitor conditions and will post an alert on the forecast page of the DAQ website if unhealthy levels actually occur. A link to the forecast page is located at http://redrock.clarkcountynv.gov/forecast/.
Airborne smoke/dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, or PM, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors. Other suggestions include:
- If you work outdoors, consider wearing a mask capable of filtering fine particulates. This will help reduce your exposure to dust and particulates.
- Limit outdoor exertion. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
- Keep windows closed. Run your air conditioner inside your house and car. Your air conditioner filters out dust and particulates.
- Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
- Use your prescription allergy medication or over-the-counter hay fever or sinus medications if you experience symptoms of itchy eyes, a runny nose, or congestion.
Detailed air quality conditions are posted in the monitoring section of the DAQ website. You can receive free air quality forecasts and advisories via e-mail or text message through Enviroflash service. Subscription information is available at www.enviroflash.org.
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