How to Check Air Quality
When wildfires like the Silverado and Blue Ridge fires rage, especially during Santa Ana wind events, our air can range anywhere from unhealthy for sensitive groups to very unhealthy to hazardous.
Poor air quality can irritate the eyes, nose and throat; cause shortness of breath; aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions; and affect the heart and cardiovascular system. Breathing polluted air for long periods of time can cause more serious problems.
Here’s how you can monitor current air quality conditions during fire events or just for every day:
- To view wildfire smoke and ash health and safety tips, click here.
- South Coast AQMD advisory updates can be found at www.aqmd.gov/advisory.
- To subscribe to air quality alerts, advisories and forecasts by email, go to www.AirAlerts.org.
- To view current air quality conditions by region in an interactive map, see http://www.aqmd.gov/aqimap.
- For real-time air quality information, maps, notifications and health alerts in your area, download the South Coast AQMD app at www.aqmd.gov/mobileapp.
- Air quality forecasts are available at http://www.aqmd.gov/forecast.
- View the current air quality map here.
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