Poor Air Quality - What You Should Know

A health advisory is in effect for residents throughout the Bay Area for poor air quality due to wildfires in the North Bay. Smoke from fires in Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties may affect air quality throughout the Bay Area in the coming days. Washington Hospital Healthcare System, of which Washington Township Medical Foundation is a part, has provided information so that you can protect your health while the advisory is in effect. You may view a printer-friendly version here.

Most at risk:

  • People with respiratory problems, such as COPD or asthma
  • Elderly
  • Children
  • Outdoor workers

What you can do to limit your risk:

  • Limit outdoor activities
  • Keep children and pets indoors
  • Adjust air-conditioning units to recirculate air
  • In homes without AC, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
  • Use air filter masks when possible (N95 or P100 rated)

Potential risks of smoke exposure:

  • Burning or stinging eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Chest pains

When to seek medical attention:

If symptoms persist or worsen, seek prompt medical attention.

For up-to-date air quality information, see the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website: www.baaqmd.gov