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Harris County Health Advisory - Wildfires Sept. 7, 2011

Harris County Health Advisory - Wildfires Sept. 7, 2011

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September 7, 2011
Contact:
Sandy Kachur (713) 439-6292Martha Marquez(713) 439-6193 
Air Quality Health Advisory
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory concerning small particulate matter including smoke, soot anddust. This advisory applies to the northwest corner of Harris County that is downwindfrom the fires. Currently, the affected areas extend from the northwest border of theHarris County line as far east as Roberts Cemetery Road and as far south as Bauer Hockley Road.Based on current conditions, the air quality index levels may vary between moderateand unhealthy as described in the table below; with a potential for very unhealthy level if there are high wind speeds blowing directly downwind from the fire.Sensitive groups such as people with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children andpregnant women may be affected more than the general population. Affectedindividuals should limit prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion and limit time spentoutdoors. In addition, persons with asthma should follow their respective asthmamanagement plan.
How to tell if smoke is affecting you or your family
Smoke can cause:
Coughing
Scratchy throat
Irritated sinuses

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