Unhealthy Air Quality

Unhealthy Air Quality for All Individuals in Parts of L.A. County Due to Smoke from the Fires
Posted on 09/10/2020
Contact Person:  Mandy Wong, Public Safety Supervisor
Email:  mwong@cityofrosemead.org
Phone:  (626) 569-2168



Unhealthy Air Quality for All Individuals in Parts of

L.A. County Due to Smoke from the Fires

 

Due to the fires in Southern California, air quality continues to be adversely affected in several parts of Los Angeles County. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), air quality will be unhealthy through Friday, September 11, 2020, in the following areas:

Harmful for Sensitive Groups/Individuals:

  • East San Fernando Valley
  • West San Fernando Valley
  • Pomona/Walnut Valley
Harmful for All Groups/Individuals:
  • East San Gabriel Valley

The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, advises people living or working in these areas with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory diseases to minimize their outdoor activities.  Children who have sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should not participate in any outdoor physical activities and should remain indoors as much as possible.

Below are helpful tips to assist with protecting you and your family from harmful effects of poor air quality:

  • If you see or smell smoke or see a lot of particles of ash in the air, avoid unnecessary outdoor activities to help limit your exposure to harmful air. This is especially important for those with heart or lung disease (including asthma).
  • If outdoor air quality is poor, maintain indoor air as clean as possible by keeping windows and doors closed. Air conditioners that re-circulate air within the home can help filter out harmful participles.
  • Avoid using air conditioning units that only draw in air from the outside or that do not have any re-circulating options. Residents should check the filters in their air conditioners and replace them regularly.
  • If you have any lung of heart disease symptoms that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, please contact your doctor immediately or go to an urgent care center.

All Rosemead residents and businesses should review personal, family, and workplace emergency plans and make sure the emergency kits are up to date.

For current air quality maps and forecast, please visit the AQMD website at http://www.aqmd.gov/home/air-quality.