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The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District continues to assess air quality, to identify any potential health impacts and to inform the community about safeguarding individual health. At this time, the SLO County APCD is issuing a voluntary “Don’t Light Tonight” advisory for December 12-18, 2017, asking residents to refrain from burning wood or using their wood stoves or fireplaces unless they are being used as a primary source of heat.
Weather conditions and elevated use of fireplaces and wood stoves further exacerbates the levels of fine particulate matter in the air and traps wood smoke closer to the ground and the air people breathe. With the already smoky conditions due to the wildfires in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, fireplace use is not recommended.
Fine particulates from wood smoke can cause breathing problems for many residents. If you smell smoke or see ash fall, officials recommend you take precautions and use common sense to reduce your exposure to smoke. When it is obvious that smoke is in the air, all adults and children should:
These precautions are especially important for children, older adults, and people with existing respiratory illness and heart conditions, as they are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of poor air quality.
Stay updated on air quality in your area:
12-11-17: Smoke Impacting San Luis Obispo County
9-20-17 AND 9-21-17: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area
9-12-17: National Drive Electric Week
2-23-17: Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa
Contact us for more information on these topics.