For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Illyasha Peete
Executive Director
(408) 998-5865


Lung Health Advisory From Your Local Lung Health Leader 
Breathe California of the Bay Area recommends tips to help protect your lung health during from particulate matter.
SAN JOSE, CA -  Poor air quality can make it difficult for everyone to breathe - especially the children, elderly, and those who suffer from asthma or other chronic health conditions.  Air pollution can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest discomfort and a burning feeling in the lungs.    
 
In areas exposed to wildfire smoke, particulate matter in the air can contribute to the exacerbation of respiratory disease and other health conditions.  
 
Here are some tips to help protect your health during poor air quality days via  "Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution" Environmental Protection Agency (epa.gov)  
  • Know when and where air pollution may be bad  -- it is often worst on hot days and when wildfires are burning nearby;  
  • Plan activities around when and where air pollution levels are low  -- on high pollution days, plan your most vigorous activities for the morning when pollution levels may be lower;
  • Keep windows closed and run the AC to get fresh air  --  t his will bring in fresh air while also filtering out pollutants.  In the car, switch your air intake setting to recirculate air instead of bringing in air from outside the car;  
  • Watch out for asthma symptoms --  if you begin having symptoms, stop your activity. Also, speak to your doctor to inform them of increased frequency or severity of symptoms;  
  • Keep your quick-relief medicine on hand  -- that way if you do have symptoms, you'll be prepared;   
  • Get up-to-date information about your local air quality  -- find a daily report through the United States Environmental Protections Agency (EPA)   or through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
   
Here are some additional tips if you have been exposed to wildfire smoke:
  • Wear a respirator mask labeled N95 or N100 (dust masks are not helpful) ;
  • Keep your house and car windows/vents closed; 
  • Wash your nose out and gargle with clean water 5 times a day until the smoke clears;  
  • Take a shower and wash your clothes after being outside;
  • Keep pets indoors as much as possible and leave water bowls inside;
  • Consider carpooling or taking bay area transportation to reduce PM pollution; 
  • For information on wildfires please visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention
     
Feel free to contact  Troy Tournat,  Health Programs Educator and Clean Cities Coordinator, at  408-998-5865 or  troy@lungsrus.org  if you require additional information.
About  Breathe  California of the Bay Area  
As the local lung health leader since 1911 in San Jose, BCBA is dedicated to fighting lung disease through empowerment, prevention, education, patient support, research, and advocacy. BCBA envisions a world that promotes healthy lungs and a healthy environment. BCBA believes in leadership through passion, integrity, excellence, accountability, and fiscal/social responsibility. 


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