Air Quality Notice Could Impact Farmers & Ranchers

Air quality issues over parts of Nebraska will make it a difficult weekend to be outdoors for some farmers and ranchers. Douglas County residents would be wise to monitor the Air Quality Index this weekend as southerly winds and agriculture fires in northeast Kansas may push air into the “unhealthy” category. This mostly is expected to be from particulates in the air.

This situation could mean anyone may experience health effects and members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. These conditions may develop as early as Friday afternoon in the Omaha and Lincoln areas and could continue into Sunday. Much of what develops depends on the speed and direction of the wind.

It is important for individuals with lung disease, respiratory disease or a heart condition to monitor the air quality. Parents should monitor conditions for their children. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from short-term exposures to smoke.  Everyone should take the steps below when smoke is present.

Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to go outside for strenuous exercise.

Pay attention to local air quality reports. You can monitor the conditions at www.airnow.gov. 

If you are advised to stay indoors, take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Try to avoid using anything that burns. Don't vacuum and don't smoke.

If you have asthma or other lung disease, make sure you follow your doctor's directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

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