Prevention & Preparation

Specific Strategies on Reducing Your Exposure to Smoke

Here are some tips you can follow to protect you and your family members from unhealthful air:

  • Stay indoors: Choose indoor options when air pollution levels are unhealthful. Keep your windows and doors closed. Seal large gaps as much as possible. Use your air conditioning system and place it on recirculation mode if available. This strategy will depend on how clean the indoor air is. A tightly closed, air-conditioned house, with the air conditioner set on re-circulate air is best. Staying inside with the windows and doors closed reduces exposure, however fine particles can still be a problem inside. Very leaky homes and buildings may offer little protection and require relocation to somewhere with better air quality.
  • Avoid indoor sources of air pollution: Reduce your tobacco use. Reduce painting, using solvents and adhesives. These all contribute to poorer indoor air quality. Limit or reduce vacuuming or using a clothes dryer as these items.
  • Reduce outdoor activity: Reducing your physical activity in outdoor areas lowers the amount of polluted air your body intakes. Curtail your involvement in outdoor activities and events that require prolonged exposure and strenuous exercise or sports participation.
  • Stay alert: Listen to your local news and weather forecasts and air quality advisories provided by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. If the air quality in your area worsens take necessary precautions and plan your activities accordingly.

Most healthy adults and children will recover quickly from smoke exposures and may not suffer long-term consequences. However, certain sensitive populations may experience more severe short-term and chronic symptoms from smoke exposure.

Preparation Tips

In areas where wildfires are likely to occur consider some of the following tips to help you prepare in the event of smoke impacts:

  • Have a several-day supply of nonperishable groceries that do not require cooking, since cooking can add to indoor pollutant levels.
  • Consult a health-care provider if you develop symptoms suggestive of lung or heart problems as soon as possible.
  • Be alert to Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
  • Be aware that outdoor events, such as athletic games or competitions, may be postponed or canceled if smoke levels become elevated.

If you have any questions, about air quality, please call the Air District at 530-745-2330.