City issues health alert due to smoke from Ariz. fire

Created: 05/19/2014 6:06 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

The city of Albuquerque has issued a health alert due to smoke causing elevated levels of particulate matter.

The alert is in effect from Monday at 9:00 p.m. through Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

The alert is being issued due to satellite images showing smoke from the Skunk Fire in eastern Arizona heading toward the Albuquerque area.

People with asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, adults age 65 and over, young children and pregnant women should avoid outdoor activities.

Everyone else should minimize outdoor activities.

While these conditions persist, the following actions are recommended, especially for individuals sensitive to particulate pollution:

-Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode.  Avoid using swamp coolers that can circulate outdoor air inside.

-If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including severe coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, or unusual fatigue) contact your health care provider.

-Individuals with heart or lung disease should follow their health management plan from their health care provider.  Asthmatic individuals should follow a prescribed asthma management plan.

-Avoid outdoor exercise.

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