The air quality in La Orotava is unfavorable: these are the recommendations for the population

air quality It’s an unfavorable Sunday in the municipality Orotava as a result of smoke caused by a forest fire declared in Tenerife on August 15 and which already stabilized.

Although air quality has improved in recent days in the municipalities affected by the fire, the leadership of the emergency plan for forest fires in the Canary Islands (Infoca) issued a notice due to adverse conditions in the area today in the city of La Orotava.

Also remember that wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles released when vegetation and other materials are burned.

Recommendations from 1-1-2

Sensitive populations/risk groups:

  • People with previous respiratory or heart conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.
  • Children, pregnant women and the elderly.
  • People who perform intense physical activity
  • People with limited mobility.

Likely symptoms:

  • cough, eye, nose, or throat irritation; deep shortness of breath, chest discomfort, palpitations, fatigue; worsening symptoms in people with previous respiratory or heart disease.

Recommendations for the population of the affected area:

  • Avoid being outdoors and doing intense or prolonged physical activity.
  • Close doors, windows, if you have air conditioning, put it in recirculation mode and with clean filters.
  • When outdoors, it is recommended to use an FFP2 mask to avoid breathing problems and to protect the eyes as much as possible by rinsing them if necessary.

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