Those of you living within Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are well aware of the many fires that are burning around us. As you know, smoke from wildfires damages air quality, which can adversely affect COPD patients more significantly than it does the general population. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has identified the following areas as suffering from the lowest air quality due to the fires at the time of this article’s publication. Check the AQMD website for updates on areas affected:
West San Fernando Valley (Forecast Area 6)
East San Fernando Valley (Forecast Area 7)
Southwest Los Angeles County Coastal (Forecast Area 3)
Northwest Los Angeles County Coastal (Forecast Area 2)
If you have COPD, it’s especially important to take measures to protect your lungs when air quality is compromised. The California Thoracic Society has published an excellent resource called “10 Tips For Staying Healthy During Wild Fires.” We recommend you read it now and take action to protect your health. Click here to read the article.