Air Quality Alert

Lassen County Public Health

AIR QUALITY ALERT

Considering current fire conditions across the west coast and local air flow patterns, Lassen County is expecting diminished air quality. These conditions may persist for several days.

Points to Consider

  • Refer to the Air Quality Visibility Chart and Health Tips attached to this alert
  • If you smell smoke, or see smoke around you consider restricting outdoor activities.
  • The chance of being affected by smoke increases substantially with strenuous or prolonged activity outdoors.
  • Air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shift.
  • It is important to monitor smoke conditions throughout the day and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

Wildfire smoke has harmful chemicals that can affect your health. It can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing and difficulty breathing. Everyone should take precautions to avoid smoke exposure.

Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise.
Stay indoors with windows and doors closed
Do not run swamp coolers or fans that bring in outdoor air

People who are at greatest risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include those with chronic lung disease (such as asthma) and/or heart disease, young children, pregnant women, and older adults. If you have symptoms that may have been worsened by smoke exposure, contact your health care provider immediately.

These symptoms include:

Repeated Cough
Shortness of Breath
Difficulty Breathing
Wheezing
Chest Tightness or Pain

For more information call Lassen County Public Health at 530-251-8183 or visit the Lassen County Air Pollution Control District at LassenAir.org