Wildfire smoke prompts city health alert

Posted at: 05/02/2013 4:02 PM
By: KOB.com Staff

The city of Albuquerque has issued a health alert due to wildfire smoke.

The city’s Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division is issuing a health alert Thursday for all residents due to wildfire smoke.

The air quality is expected to decline Thursday night as winds from the east and northeast push smoke into Albuquerque.

The alert will go into affect Thursday at 9 p.m. and will last through Friday at 10 a.m.

The city is encouraging everyone to stay indoors.

The city recommends the following, especially to 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.
  • Limit time spent outdoors.
  • If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness) 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.  If conditions are creating a health emergency, call 911 or seek medical attention at the nearest medical facility.
  • Avoid physical activity outdoors.
  • Motorist use recirculated air while using air-conditioning during smoke events.
     
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