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Smoke Produces Unhealthy Air Quality

August 02, 2010

The Air Quality Index throughout most regions of Chelan and Douglas Counties is measuring as “Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations”. The spectrum of WAQA descriptive categories includes: Good, Moderate, Unhealthy for Sensitive Populations, and Unhealthy. Smoke advisories provide generalized regional information only. Air quality conditions may vary greatly throughout the two-county area. Leavenworth for example has good air quality this morning.

During these conditions, individuals with pre-existing heart and lung conditions such as asthma and emphysema, the elderly, and children should avoid outdoor activity, remain indoors with windows and doors closed, avoid excessive exertion, and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke or other respiratory irritants.

Air conditioning units should be set on “recycle” mode to reduce introduction of contaminated outdoor air. People without air conditioning need to take precautions against heat stress and should consider temporarily relocating to an area with better air quality.

Members of the general population may also begin to feel adverse affects from poor air quality and should consider following these same precautions. Adverse symptoms may include dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing, coughing, excessive phlegm, and nausea. For specific medical advice please contact your physician.

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