Due to the wildfires in Canada, a Code Red Air Quality alert has been issued for Thursday, June 29 by Fairfax County, which means air quality is unhealthy for everyone in Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church and the region.
Air quality levels are expected to change over the next several days, so stay informed with real-time data from AirNow.gov and forecasts from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Wildfire Smoke Safety Tips
Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plants, buildings, and other material. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick, but people with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or heart disease are more likely to experience health effects of smoke. Pregnant women, babies and children are also at risk.
Take steps to limit your exposure. For example:
- Spend more time indoors, where particle pollution levels are usually lower.
- Consider moving outdoor and physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.
- Choose easier outdoor activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard and keep those outdoor activities short.
Health Department Actions and Advice
Our Health Department is monitoring visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers to assess whether there is an increase in asthma visits with the poor air quality.
In the meantime, we encourage people with chronic conditions to protect their health. See this advice from CDC.