For Immediate ReleaseOctober 12, 2017
Public Health Division issues advisory about proliferation of wildfire smoke
San Rafael, CA – The fires burning in Napa, Sonoma and other Northern California counties are affecting air quality and have created a potential health hazard in Marin County. The Public Health Division of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services has issued the following public health advisory.
For the General Public:
Please be aware that with shifting winds and poor wildfire containment air quality can change drastically in a short period of time.
Smoke from wildfires can affect health. The most common symptoms are eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Follow these precautions to protect your health and those with health problems, especially heart or respiratory conditions, should take extra caution:
For Outdoor Workers:
When to Seek Medical Attention:
Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms that do not improve after moving indoors or into a safe air quality environment:
As always, if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
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For information about the wildfires, go to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CALFIRE) webpage, www.calfire.ca.gov.
For more information about air quality, go to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District webpage, www.baaqmd.gov.
Dr. Grant ColfaxDirectorHealth and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro RoadSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-3696Email: Dr. Grant ColfaxMarin HHS website