Smoke from wildfires, fireworks can cause health problems

Have you noticed the hazy skies or are experiencing some irritation?

You're not alone.

 The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality alert for the entire San Joaquin Valley

due to impacts from wildfire smoke and holiday fireworks smoke.

This air quality alert is in effect through Thursday.

Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Residents are advised to use caution as conditions warrant. People with heart or lung diseases should follow their doctors advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality.

Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activities or heavy exertion, as conditions dictate.

For additional information, call your local Jan Joaquin Valley Air district office. Modesto 209-557-6400, Fresno 559-230-6000 or Bakersfield 661-381-1809

Residents can also follow air quality conditions by downloading the free Valley Air app, available in the Apple Store or Google Play.