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Smoke and particles in the air can cause serious health problems to both people and pets, and unfortunately just smelling smoke isn't enough to tell whether breathing outside air is dangerous. Here are links to air quality tracking and advisory websites:
Different methods used to calculate air quality give us different numbers, and it can be confusing. This article helps to explain why - and suggests how to find the best resource for your location:
When there Air Quality is Poor or Bad or Very Bad -
The Santa Clara County Public Health Office advises people who are most at-risk (older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with chronic respiratory and/or heart conditions) to:
All the agencies that provided information resources, and especially to the following organizations that reviewed and gave us feedback on this guide:
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