Monday, 03 June 2013 08:45

Air Quality Advisory

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If you or your child are participating in any outdoor activities over the next day or so, especially strenuous activity like sports, Clark County has an issued an air quality advisory for the next couple of days. Air Quality officials say the Powerhouse wildfire that is burning in Southern California and the Summit wildfire is burning in Lovell Canyon are causing an increase in ozone and particulate levels through Tuesday. Smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases or asthma.

Smoke from fires contain harmful gases. These include carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and a range of organic compounds, any of which could irritate sensitive airways and trigger symptoms. Children, elderly and people with asthma and other breathing problems are usually the first to feel the effects of smoke and particle pollution so they need to take extra care.

Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or shortness of breath can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with asthma and other lung conditions need to very carefully monitor and manage their asthma and seek medical attention if increased symptoms persist.

Last modified on Monday, 03 June 2013 09:15