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Air Quality during fires in Sonoma County

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Air Quality and Health

Poor air quality can be a health hazard, especially for children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with lung and heart conditions.

Protect your health by following these recommendations

  • Staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
  • Consider going to a cleaner air location, if you are unable to seal your home.
  • Run your home or car air conditioner on recycle or recirculate.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water during heavy smoke events.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have concerns regarding your health condition.

For information on air quality in your area, visit the AirNow website »

Facial Coverings and N95 Masks

  • Continue to wear a cloth or surgical mask to protect yourself against COVID-19, but note they do not protect you from wildfire smoke.
  • N95 respirator masks protect your lungs from wildfire smoke. If you have an N95 from a previous fire emergency, please wear it if you must go outdoors.
  • If your N95 mask has a one way valve and you must be within 6 feet of people who are not in your household, wear a cloth face covering or surgical mask on top of your N95 mask.

COVID-19 is circulating in our community, and the best way to protect yourself from the virus and poor air quality is to stay indoors.

For more information about facial coverings, visit the CDC website »