Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County. Smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County is affecting local air quality, and conditions may continue over the next several days.

Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted, will vary and conditions could change quickly. If you see or smell smoke in the air, be cautious and use common sense to protect your and your family’s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of smoke and particles are in the air.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to smoke and soot, contact your health care provider. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

When wildfire smoke is impacting your neighborhood, consider purchasing an air-filtering device, which can help remove ash, soot, and dust.

  • Select a device with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.
  • Keep the device in one room that could serve as a “clean air room” — the packaging on most devices notes the suitable room size.

Keep windows closed and avoid using your fireplace. If you are sensitive to air pollution, and air quality is poor in your area to the extent that you are unable to keep indoor air clean, consider relocating to an area where the air is cleaner.

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a-1547961437 Dec 05, 2017 04:45 PM
Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County

Smoke allergies? Please! Good thing you weren't born during the pioneer days when fire was the main way to cook and heat. Survival of the fittest I guess, or the sanest. Sounds like something made up in one's head.

Luvaduck Dec 05, 2017 03:09 PM
Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County

Actually fireplaces, fire pits, wood bbqs and so forth are a BIG problem for those of us with smoke allergies. Unfortunately it isn't just tobacco smoke. When my neighbors upwind crank up their "toys", I can't have any windows open and have to run room air cleaners all over the house. I checked into full-house climate control, but my house isn't new. Major work; came in at $30,000 and up. I think about moving, but at my age it isn't easy to start over.

a-1547961437 Dec 05, 2017 01:28 PM
Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County

Wood smoke is one thing, the smoke from home building materials and other industrial materials can actually be super toxic! Paint, plastics, metals, etc.... This is a REAL hazard. Please don't belittle it by trying to compare it to your neighbor's BBQ. Ugh, some people!!

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