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REMSA Issues Life-Saving Instructions for Unhealthy Air Quality

REMSA has issued precautionary instructions on dealing with the unhealthy air quality conditions.

For those with respiratory conditions, or those considered in the sensitive group for air quality conditions, REMSA strongly suggests taking these precautions:

  • Reduce or eliminate any of your more strenuous outdoor activities
  • Limit physical activities in general if you are experiencing symptoms
  • If you have an inhaler or fast-acting respiratory dilation medication, carry it with you at all times
  • If you have a severe respiratory condition, consider wearing a medical condition notification bracelet or necklace
  • If you have to go outside, consider wearing a mask
  • When you are at home, keep your windows closed and make sure your air filters have been changed recently

Most importantly, if you have a respiratory condition and are experiencing increasing shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, call 9-1-1. Do NOT attempt to drive yourself to an emergency room or urgent care. Your condition could become life-threatening within minutes.

REMSA monitors trends in categories of calls through its “first watch” bio surveillance system, and although this morning they have not seen an increase in respiratory related calls, they are concerned about what might occur as residents get up and get going to work or school.

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