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Officials Monitoring Unhealthy Air Quality in Douglas County

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Press Release from Douglas County, August 26th 2013:

August 26, 2013 -MINDEN, NV- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) air quality monitors in Gardnerville and Carson City indicates the area will continue to be moving between "Unhealthy and "Very Unhealthy" through the week.

Extremely elevated amounts of particulate matter in the air due to wildfires in California. The levels of particulate matter equate to "Very Unhealthy" on the Air Quality Index (AQI) level of health concern.

Fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 is comprised of microscopic particles that can travel deep into our lungs and is the pollutant of concern found in wildfire smoke. While everybody may experience varying degrees of symptoms, persons in the sensitive groups category include children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory and heart conditions are of greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms and serious complications. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose.

If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing such symptoms, please contact your healthcare professional or call 911 for an ambulance.

In general, if you smell smoke and feel it's affecting you, then take precautions such as:

  • Staying indoors with the windows and doors closed and air conditioner on
  • Limiting prolonged or heavy exertion and physical activity while outdoors
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their healthcare professional if they have any questions

Visit www.nvair.ndep.nv.gov to view a map of Nevada with current hour by hour recap of the air quality index (AQI), precautions to take and any health advisories.

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