Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires
LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging
As the fires continue, the air quality is poor. When pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.
Dr. William Isenberg, 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.
- Use air conditioning, if available—malls are great places for people without their own air conditioning at home.
- Keep hydrated— drinking 8-10 8 ounces glasses of water per day is recommended.
- Use your maintenance puffers/inhalers if you have asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases
- Carry your rescue puffer/inhaler with you if you leave your home
To find out more about the air quality in your neighborhood, check the air quality map at: https://www.airnow.gov