Health advisory and Spare the Air alerts in effect for Bay Area

Health advisory and Spare the Air alerts in effect for Bay Area

A health advisory has been issued for the South Bay due to smoke in the air, according to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

In the San Francisco Bay area, air quality has deteriorated to such an extent that it has started affecting residents, prompting medical calls to local schools and compelling people to wear protective masks.

In the Bay Area, that means six different organizations have pledged to donate $450,000 for fire relief efforts.

But, for those in Solano County, much closer to the wildfires burning in both Napa and Sonoma counties, air quality remains at an extremely unhealthy level. The smoke in the air is due to a series of wildfires in Northern California.

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"Please curtail wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and BBQing", says a tweet care of San Francisco-based Spare the Air, an environmental agency.

They encourage residents who see or smell smoke in the area to avoid outdoor activity or exercise.

"Honestly, we are recording some of the worst air quality ever recorded in any part of the Bay Area", said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will also perform wellness checks throughout San Francisco and providing transportation (upon request) to shelters. Children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to health impacts from smoke exposure. Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

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