Klamath County Air Quality Advisory
|8/18/2014 - The air quality advisory from noon today until noon 8/25/2014 is Red.|
High Temperatures and Smoky Air Could Cause Health Problems
Klamath Falls, Or. – Public Health officials urge Klamath County residents to take precautions to avoid health problems during hot, smoking conditions.
“The combination of high temperatures and wildfire smoke in Klamath County may increase the risk of illness especially for people with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions, older adults, and young children,” said Marilynn Sutherland, Klamath County Public Health director. Public health officials urge all residents, especially children, older adults and people with lung or heart disease to take the following precautions to avoid health problems:
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
Smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction. Klamath County Public Health will continue to release information on our blog (www.klamathairquality.blogspot.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/klamathbasinairquality) as smoke conditions change.
WIC Klamath County Health Department Environmental Health (541) 883-4276 (541) 882-8846 (541) 883-1122
For more information about air quality; how to protect your health during the forest fire season and how to protect your health when temperatures soar, visit the following website:
To learn how to use visibility to measure risk of health effects:
Air Quality Advisory Committee:
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