PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/7/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:120717
Subject:
City Health Officer Warns Residents of Poor Air Quality Due to Fires throughout Southern California
Contact:
Anissa Davis, MD
City Health Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4047
Anissa.Davis@longbeach.gov




City Health Officer Anissa Davis warns Long Beach residents regarding potential unhealthy air quality due to three different fires, Creek, Rye and Skirball, currently burning in Los Angeles County. The fires are being fueled by a strong Santa Ana wind condition, which is expected to continue into this Friday. The Santa Ana wind condition shifts wind direction to coastal areas. Smoke and ash rising into the atmosphere may be visible over portions of Long Beach and surrounding areas, potentially creating unhealthy conditions.

“All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke and ash,” said Dr. Davis. “This includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke.”

In any area impacted by smoke, residents should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion.
  • People with respiratory or heart disease, pregnant women, older adults, and children should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.
  • Run your air conditioner if you have one.
  • Change the standard air-conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter.  If you have a wall-unit or window-unit air conditioner, set it to “re-circulate.”
  • Do not use a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
  • To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, do not use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

For more detailed information about air quality related to the wildfire, visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at www.aqmd.gov

For more tips on avoiding health impacts from smoke, see http://www.aqmd.gov/home/library/public-information/publications#factsheet

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