Kansas fires could affect air quality in Omaha, health department warns


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Douglas County Health Department warned Friday that farm fires in Kansas and Oklahoma could affect local air quality in the coming days.

The effect of the fires on air quality in the Omaha metro area will depend on the amount of material burned as well as wind direction and chance of rain, according to Russ Hadan, quality program supervisor for the fire. air from the Douglas County Health Department.

Residents were urged to monitor conditions online at airnow.gov, which includes hourly forecasts and updates, particularly if they have a lung or respiratory condition or heart disease. When the United States map appears on the site, click on Omaha and zoom in for more detailed information.

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsay Huse also suggested parents monitor their children’s conditions.

“If you are in good health, short-term exposure to smoke generally does not pose a major health risk,” the press release said.

The DCHD recommends the following precautions when smoke is present:

  • If there is smoke outside, avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep an eye on local air quality reports and conditions.
  • If you are advised to stay indoors, do what you can to keep your indoor air clean: “Don’t vacuum, smoke, avoid using anything that burns, and keep your windows and doors closed,” the statement said.
  • People with asthma or other lung conditions should follow their doctor’s instructions regarding medications and other asthma management recommendations. “Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen,” the statement read.

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