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newsrel -- Warning associated with wildfire smoke

Posted: 11 Jul 2008 12:19:30
State Air Resources Board warning against children, infirm and
elderly exercising in areas with dense wildfire smoke. 

Release 08-60
July 11, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

ARB strengthens its health warning associated with wildfire

SACRAMENTO: With wildfires continuing to burn, high temperatures
lingering and lack of on-shore winds, state public health
officials are advising people to limit their physical activities
until particulate matter levels start dropping.

Air quality experts with the California Air Resources Board will
be available all day today to interview on the health effects
posed by the wildfires. In particular, ARB is strongly
recommending that young athletes, runners and others do not
exercise when air quality is deemed unhealthy by public health
officials. Further, people with heart and lung disease,
including asthma, should protect themselves from smoke by
staying indoors with air conditioning turned to "recirculate".
This is particularly important in areas of heavy smoke .

The Air Quality Index, or AQI, is a tool people can use to take
action when particle levels reach unhealthy ranges.

To learn about current air quality conditions in your community
using the AQI, go to: www.AirNow.gov .

For ARB's health advisory for smoke, please go here.

To schedule an interview, call (916) 322-2990.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

The energy challenge facing California is real. Every
Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy
consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and
cut your energy cost, see our web site at http://www.arb.ca.gov

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