Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfire Smoke
Smoke from area wildfires is expected to affect air quality throughout Northern California as fires are active and weather changes.
This air pollution can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.
William Isenberg, M.D., vice president for patient safety at Sutter Health’s Office of the Patient Experience, offers the following precautions during this time of smoky or poor air:
- Stay indoors, if possible, limiting opening of doors and windows
- Use air conditioning, if available, in your homes and vehicles—malls are great places for people without their own air conditioning at home
- Keep hydrated— we recommend 8-10, 8 ounces glasses of water per day
- Use your maintenance puffers/inhalers if you have asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases as directed by your practitioner and carry your rescue puffer/inhaler with you as needed.
To find out more about the air quality in your neighborhood, check the air quality map at: https://www.airnow.gov.