Friday, January 28, 2022

Wildfire smoke triggers air hazard warning in Los Angeles County

Smoke from wildfires in Southern California prompted health officials on Saturday to issue a warning of unhealthy air quality and advise the public to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

The Los Angeles County South Coast, South East Los Angeles County, Pomona Walnut Valley, South San Gabriel Valley and South Central Los Angeles County are of particular concern, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

“It is difficult to say where the smoke, ash or soot from a fire will go, or how the wind will affect the level of these particles in the air, so we ask everyone to remember that smoke and ash can be harmful to health, even for,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, a sanitary doctor. Los Angeles County.

The smoke from forest fires contains a mixture of fine particles, gases and water vapor, officials said. Small particles can cause burning eyes, runny nose, sore throat, headaches, and illnesses such as bronchitis. In people with sensitive conditions, they can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and chest pain.

“We also recommend that day camps that operate in smoke-filled areas suspend activities outside recreational activities such as hiking or picnics until conditions improve,” Davis said.

According to the Department of Public Health, people with heart or lung conditions, the elderly and children in particular should avoid unnecessary exposure to outdoors and restrict physically demanding activities. Pets should be allowed inside and doors and windows should be closed.

The unhealthy air warning will remain in effect until Sunday.

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