Wildfires & Smoke
#AQAW2020 Day 1 is today! This year’s Air Quality Awareness Week kicks off with a refresher on wildfires and smoke.
According to the U.S. EPA, the biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system. Once there, they can cause numerous health problems. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases.
If you’re healthy, you’re usually not at a major risk from short-term exposures to smoke. Still, it’s a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it.
Spend some time for #AQAW2020 Day 1 learning more at this page.
In 2018, MDAQMD issued several smoke advisories. The smoke from numerous wildfires burning in California significantly impacted our air quality.
Follow MDAQMD on social media to get smoke advisories as they’re released. You can also sign up to receive alerts in your email inbox.