Air Quality

November 23, 2016

Outdoor Plans for Thanksgiving? Keep the Air Quality In Mind with These Helpful Hints

Thanksgiving is upon us, and this family-focused holiday often inspires us to get outdoors. Whether keeping up the tradition of a backyard football game, taking your out-of-town guests for a hike in our area’s beautiful mountains, or just standing over the turkey fryer, the air quality could affect your health. With the ongoing forest fires […]

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November 18, 2016

Staying In or Venturing Out? – Weekend Air Quality to Reach Unhealthy Conditions

By Calvin Mabry With the recent outbreak of forest fires in western North Carolina, air quality alerts have been issued to assist residents in determining outdoor activities, leaving many wondering how concerns pertaining to air quality could impact their weekend plans. The following is a comprehensive breakdown of recommendations from Mission Health providers. However, we […]

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November 16, 2016

Forest Fires: 4 Tips for Protecting Your Athletes from the Fallout

By Calvin Mabry With the recent outbreak of fires in western North Carolina, air quality alerts have been issued to assist residents in determining their outdoor activities. According to Mary Helen Letterle, Manager with Mission Sports Medicine, “When air quality alerts reach code purple, physical activities should be moved indoors. Moving down the scale, when […]

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November 14, 2016

Mission Health Urges Air Quality Precautions for Elderly, Children – Stay Safe with These Guidelines

The elderly, children and people with cardiovascular diseases, specifically asthma and COPD, should limit their exposure to outside air as forest fires continue to produce heavy smoke throughout western North Carolina, according to Mission Health experts and state and federal air quality officials. Mission Hospital is not seeing an increase in patients seeking care in […]

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November 9, 2016

Code Orange Air Quality Alert Expands and Continues

Most of western North Carolina is under a Code Orange Air Quality Alert. This includes the following counties until midnight tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Madison Yancey Swain Haywood Buncombe Jackson Transylvania Henderson McDowell Rutherford Polk The following counties will remain under an Orange Alert until midnight Thursday, Nov. 9, 2016. Graham Macon Cherokee Clay […]

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November 7, 2016

Air Quality Alert: Orange – What This Means for Your Health

Wildfires in the Nantahala National Forest are creating compromised air quality across western North Carolina. The NC Department of Environmental Quality says the smoky air is unhealthy for sensitive groups. These include children, active people, older adults and those with heart or lung disease (like asthma and COPD). If you fall into any of these categories, you […]

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