The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has issued an advisory in regard to the current wildfire in Butte County…

Milpitas residents are advised to stay indoors with their doors and windows shut. Air is presently polluted across the Bay Area. The smell of smoke in the air is itself indicative of a health risk. So turn on your air conditioner when in your home and your car, as that’ll keep the inside air circulating while keeping the dirty outside air away.

Whereas those with asthma and other respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable, anyone can experience irritation in their eyes, airways, and/or sinuses. Extra precautions are also recommended for the elderly and the young. In regard to young people, outdoor sports are to be avoided ‘til the smoke passes.

Also: A quick change in wind can worsen the air quality in your immediate area (i.e., just when you think it’s passed, it comes back). So keep an eye on for up-to-date and accurate air quality data.

Finally: Although some masks can be helpful for those who have to work or otherwise sustain outdoors, bandanas and regular surgical masks won’t protect people from the kind of smoke particles that are created by wildfires.

Please stay safe and healthy, everyone.





Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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