SAN FRANCISCO– An air quality advisory issued Thursday due to wildfire smoke has been extended through Sunday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Smoke from wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington is expected to continue to affect the San Francisco Bay Area tomorrow. Although isolated pockets of high pollution levels are possible, a Spare the Air alert is not in effect and pollution levels are not expected to exceed the national 24-hour standard.
Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, Dr. Tomás Aragón, urged Californians in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take steps to protect their health, including staying indoors and reducing outdoor activities if necessary to avoid smoke and ash inhalation, in a Saturday afternoon press release.
“Wildfires, and the resulting smoke and ash, can be particularly unhealthy for vulnerable people, including children, the elderly, people with respiratory illnesses or asthma, and pregnant women,” he said. said Aragon.
Officials said inhaling wildfire smoke can affect the lungs and heart and cause persistent coughing, runny nose, phlegm, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Wildfire smoke can also cause eye irritation, reduced lung function and bronchitis. People with underlying lung or heart problems should limit their exposure by staying indoors.
People who must work outdoors for long periods of time, in areas with heavy smoke or where ash is present, should wear a properly fitted N95 or P100 respirator, according to the CDPH.
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