As fires continue to burn in Ventura, Sylmar, Santa Clarita and L.A., the Santa Ana winds show no signs of letting up.
Even if you're not in the immediate vicinity of the fires, smoke particles in the air will be affecting all of us in Southern California in the coming days.
Sam Atwood is a spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He joined Take Two to talk about how the wildfires are affecting local air quality.
It's bad out there
Atwood explained that when there's smoke in the air, there are particulates that are especially harmful to the elderly and those with respiratory conditions.
Wearing masks is helpful, but not all masks are created equal. A Martinez tried out a few and found the most effective one.
Three tips for staying safe
- Don't exercise vigorously in areas that are impacted by smoke
- Stay indoors
- Turn on your air conditioners and keep all your windows and doors closed
And if you don't have air conditioning, rest assured, there are other options.
"You can at least stay indoors and close the windows and doors," he says.
He cautions, though, "Something like a swamp cooler would not be advisable because it would be drawing outdoor air into your dwelling. And if you don't really have a way to protect yourself, then it's probably good to think about moving temporarily to somewhere else – a shelter or neighbor's or friend's"
You can keep yourself informed on the air quality in your area by clicking here, for AQMD's interactive air advisory map.