Thursday, 05 May 2011 07:19
Smoke Blankets Southwest FloridaWritten by Valerie Alker
Fires burning in the Big Cypress Preserve have burned more than 16 thousand acres and led led to air quality advisories as far north Charlotte County. The problem is expected to persist for several more days. The smoke commonly causes throat and eye irritation. People with chronic lung conditions could experience shortness of breath. And spokeswoman for the Collier County Health Department, Deb Milsap, she says children are especially sensitive to smoke. Read More...
“Their lungs aren’t as well developed and they have higher respiratory rate so actually bring in more air per pound of body weight and so they’re bringing in more of this particulate matter”
Milsap says outdoor activities should be suspended until smoke clears. People who must work out of doors are advised to take it easy and go into an air-conditioned space if they become short of breath. In commercial buildings fresh air intakes should be closed to prevent smoke from getting inside.