"It is only natural to have concerns about what you're breathing in when
you can see the extent of ash and billowing smoke around our region," said
Francene Lifson, Executive Director, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
(AAFA). "Individuals with asthma and severe allergies need to take extra
precautions and should keep their medications nearby."
In effected areas of Southern California during
this time of fire outbreaks, government agencies have declared
unhealthy for all groups so it is a good idea
to stay inside. At anytime during a nearby wildfire in any area, it is also
smart to avoid running utilities that bring in outdoor air into your home.
The air quality can contribute to immediate health risks such as triggering
an asthma attack or intensifying allergies, since the winds fueling the fires
are also spreading allergens like pollen. Others who normally do not worry
about air quality may develop headaches or pulmonary infections so take extra
caution. All of these health considerations can be effectively managed by
keeping away from the hazardous air.
Residents of Southern California can contact AAFA
at (800) 624-0044 to obtain additional information. The Asthma & Allergy
Foundation of America is a non-profit voluntary health agency
improving the quality of life
of people with asthma and allergies through education, advocacy and community