Air quality alert issued for unhealthy levels of pollutants
An air quality alert has been issued for today through Thursday in the Las Vegas ValleyPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An air quality alert has been issued because of the smoke from the Carpenter 1 wildfire for Wednesday through Thursday.
The alert is the highest form of public warning.
At this time, unhealthy levels of air pollution are imminent or occurring. Air quality officials are monitoring the conditions and will post updates on their forecast page on the DAQ website.
Airborne smoke/dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, or PM, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors. Other suggestions include:
-- If you work outdoors, consider wearing a surgical mask. This will help reduce your exposure to dust and particulates.
-- Limit outdoor exertion. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
-- Keep windows closed. Run your air conditioner inside your house and car. Your air conditioner filters out dust and particulates.
-- Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
-- Use your prescription allergy medication or over-the-counter hay fever or sinus medications if you experience symptoms of itchy eyes, a runny nose, or congestion.
Information about the wildfire can be found here.