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Nevada County Public Health Department Smoke Advisory

The smoke from both the Dog Bar Fire and other surrounding fires is creating a less than optimal air quality in the area. The Nevada County Public Health Department is offering the following suggestions in order to help you to minimize any ill effects from the smoke:
• If you smell smoke, or see smoke around you, consider restricting your outside activities. Until the potential for poor air quality subsides, individuals should consider taking the following actions:
– Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise, particularly when they can smell smoke. That includes athletes on school teams that engage in highly aerobic workouts. Young athletes are considered sensitive receptors and any perceived benefits from a smoky workout could be outweighed by the negative impacts of the smoke inhaled during that workout.
– Children and elderly people should also consider avoiding outdoor activities and prolonged exertion.
– People with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors when smoke can be seen or smelled outside.
– Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan.
– Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or severe fatigue. This is important for not only people with chronic lung or heart disease, but also for individuals who have not been previously diagnosed with such illnesses.
• Please contact your private medical provider should you have any questions concerning your health.

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