Santa Barbara County issues an Air Quality Alert for this weekend on Friday morning.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District will continue the alert until air quality conditions improve in the area.
The Maria Fire burning in Ventura County is a factor to this alert.
Public officials say levels of smoke and particles impact each area differently.
They advise residents to use common sense in order to protect one’s self and their family.
They recommend limiting time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise to people with: heart or lung conditions, older adults, pregnant women and children.
Symptoms of smoke exposure includes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, chest pains, nausea and unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.
The county has provided some tips to keep clean indoor air quality:
Keep windows and doors closed when smoke is present. Create a “clean air room” in your home. Choose a shared space or a bedroom to run a High Efficiency Particulate Air purifier. Use N-95 masks correctly. These masks can reduce smoke exposure outdoors by up to 95 percent but only if they fit properly.
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