The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) issued a Health Warning this morning for the general public because of smoke in the air from agricultural burning. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for everyone and especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. LLCHD advises everyone to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
"The main impact will be this morning and air quality should improve through the day," Schroeder said. "Smoke is made up of tiny particles and gases. When these are breathed into the lungs, they can cause asthma attacks, worsen chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and cause angina in some people with heart disease." Residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed and use the "re-circulate" setting when using a vehicle air conditioner. Those who experience difficulty breathing, coughing, tightness in the chest or angina should contact a medical provider.
The LLCHD monitors air quality 24 hours a day, and the Air Quality Index (AQI) at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: air) is updated hourly. The AQI is now in the red category, meaning the air quality is unhealthy for everyone.
For more information, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov.