The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is helping Southern California residents learn to make clean air choices that will help reduce air pollution, including knowing when it’s important to curtail use of wood-burning fireplaces.
SCAQMD issues mandatory no-burn alerts when levels of fine particle air pollution in the region are forecast to be high. Smoke from wood burning causes health problems. Particles in wood smoke – known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems (including asthma attacks), increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Residents can help reduce the harmful health effects of wood smoke by signing up to receive email alerts at www.airalerts.org to learn when a mandatory no-burn alert is issued for your area.
SCAQMD’s Check Before You Burn program is in effect from November through the end of February, when particulate levels are highest. Seven no-burn days have been issued for the 2018-2019 season. Additional information is available at www.AirAlerts.org. For 24-hour recorded information, call (866) 966-3293. An interactive map is also available at www.aqmd.gov/CheckBeforeYouBurnMap. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself and your family.
The City of Laguna Beach may post any no-burn alerts for the area received from SCAQMD on the City’s website and the City’s Nextdoor account, but the best way to get alerts right to your inbox is to sign up directly at SCAQMD’s website at http://aqmd.enviroflash.info/signup.cfm. Daily e-mail alerts are color-coded for easy reading, and are customizable for the city and pollution level you want to keep an eye on.
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. For more information on the agency go to http://yourstory.aqmd.gov/home.