Air Quality in Napa County
Air Quality Impacts
In general, if you smell smoke, protect your health by following the measures listed below. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts and are considered sensitive groups. The most important protective action is to remain indoors. Please see "Air Quality and Actions to Protect Your Health".
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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District advises that Purple Air Monitors are low-cost air monitoring sensors that can produce readings that are 2-3 times higher than regulatory monitors that undergo routine EPA calibrations and accuracy/precision checks. These monitors have been shown to be misrepresentative of particulate matter in situations like the wildfire smoke and very high readings should be interpreted with caution.
To decrease your exposure to wildfire smoke and to limit harmful effects from smoke, follow these measures:
- Limit your time outside and stay indoors as much as possible.
- If possible, seek shelter in buildings with filtered air OR move to areas outside the region less impacted by wildfire smoke until smoke levels subside.
- Keep your windows and doors closed unless it’s extremely hot outside.
- Run your home or car air conditioner on recycle or recirculate. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
- If you or your children have asthma or other lung disease, make sure you follow your doctor’s directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor for advice if symptoms worsen or consider leaving the area.
- If you must remain outdoors and you are concerned about wildfire smoke, consider using an N95 respirator mask. Please note that these masks do not protect young children and only provides some protection in adults. Please see “Wildfire Smoke and Face Masks”.
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For Employers: Cal OSHA Guidance for Employees
Per CalOSHA, employers with workplaces and operations must comply with the full standard when both of the following conditions apply:
- The current AQI for PM2.5 is 151 or greater, regardless of the AQI for other pollutants.
- The employer should reasonably anticipate that employees may be exposed to wildfire smoke.
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Bay Area Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
- Learn out more about air quality by visiting the BAAQMD's About Air Quality page, as well as so Wildfire Smoke Safety Tips.
- Also see BAAQMD's current Spare the Air Status and Five Day Forecast.
How do we measure air quality?
One of the most common ways to measure air quality is by measuring particulate matter, or PM. PM refers to fine particles in the air that are harmful to health.