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San Juan Basin Public Health cautions about air quality

Those with sensitivities should avoid exertion
The National Weather service out of Grand Junction expects another day of smoky skies similar to Tuesday evening’s skies above Durango.

The local air quality is being affected by Inter-Mountain West and Pacific Northwest wildfires. If smoke is thick or becomes noticeably thicker in the area, people should remain indoors or, if possible, seek out locations where air is filtered.

According to San Juan Basin Public Health, smoke reaches unhealthy levels when visibility is less than five miles. When smoke settles, use these tips to stay safe:

If smoke becomes noticeably thicker, remain indoors or seek locations where air is filtered.Residents who are sensitive to smoke, those with heart or lung diseases, children and elderly adults should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.Close windows and doors, and stay inside. Be careful to avoid overheating.If appliances are filtered, run air conditioning units or evaporative coolers, or use fans. Use high-efficiency particulate air, known as HEPA, air filters if available.Refrain from smoking, using vacuum cleaners, burning candles, and avoid secondhand smoke and other sources of air pollution.Do not use paper dust masks; they do not filter the particles and gases in smoke.To prepare for nighttime smoke, air out residences in the afternoon when smoke tends to be more diluted.Seek assistance from a health care provider if symptoms persist or become more severe.For more information about getting prepared, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires.

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