August 19, 2017 11:00 a.m.
With air quality at potentially unhealthy levels around Douglas County, public health officials are concerned about the impact of the smoky air.
Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer of the Douglas Public Health Network says the wildfire smoke may increase the risk for illness. He says this is especially true for older adults and for children. He says it is also true for people with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions.
Dr. Dannenhoffer says people should avoid outdoor activities when air quality is unhealthy and hazardous. Those with heart and lung problems, as well as young children, are particularly vulnerable. Dr. Dannenhoffer says these people should stay indoors while smoke levels are high. He says if those levels are expected to remain high for more than two days, they might consider leaving the area until air quality improves. Others can avoid smoke by staying indoors with the doors and windows closed.
Dr. Dannenhoffer says people should reduce other sources of indoor smoke. Avoid burning cigarettes and candles, using gas, propane, wood-burning stoves and furnances. Even cooking and vacuuming can be sources of indoor smoke.
Go to the Oregon Smoke Blog at www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com for the latest on wildfire smoke and air quality across the state.