Heat Wave and Poor Air Quality Unhealthy Mix

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The recommendation is still to stay indoors. That’s coming from local officials around the region, including Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet. She says the conditions outside are unhealthy.

“Is this worse than we normally have in Sacramento County? Absolutely, yes. I have been told that the air quality is the worst that has been seen in over 20 years.”

Trochet says the 100-degree temperatures increase ground-level ozone levels, making air quality worse. She says the combination of pollution, heat and smoke from the wildfires puts people with asthma and other chronic illness at risk. It can also be deadly for the elderly. Trochet says if you don’t have air conditioning, get to a cool place for at least a few hours until the weather improves.