For Immediate Release
Date: August, 13th 2012
Contact: Kelly Crosby, RN, PHN
Modoc County Air Quality Advisory
Modoc County, CA- Air quality conditions have worsened in the area due to the recent fire activity creating poor air quality conditions throughout Modoc County. Currently, the poor air quality persists throughout Modoc County, as well as Lassen and Lake counties. The Modoc County Air Pollution Office is expecting the air quality in all areas of Modoc County to range from moderate to unhealthy on the Air Quality Index, impacting mostly sensitive populations such as those experiencing health conditions that are worsened by exposure to smoke and unhealthy air. It is especially important during this time for residents to remain in an indoor environment with air conditioning to avoid exposure to poor air quality.
Edward P. Richert M.D, the Modoc County Public Health Officer and Joe Moreo, the Modoc County Air Pollution Officer advise residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the poor air quality by:
- Staying indoors
- Avoid outdoor activities and any strenuous workouts
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible
- Keep windows or doors closed in your house and car
- Keep air conditioning running in the home and in the car on “re-cycled” air so that smoke is not drawn in from the outside
- If your home becomes too inundated with smoke, consider leaving your home and visiting an indoor facility or a friend or relative’s house that has air conditioning
- Monitor family members who are elderly, very young, or have health conditions for any difficulty breathing or heat-related illness. Contact their medical provider with any questions.
For updated information throughout the week on weather, air quality, and wildfires, watch the local TV news, go to the California Department of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Office website at http://bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov/epo/ .
Modoc County Public Health is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am – 6 pm and Wednesday 8:30-7:00 pm. Contact 530-233-6311 or 1-800-762-3003 for questions or concerns. The Modoc County Air Pollution Control Office can be contacted at 530-233-6401.