Public Health Department (PHD) Friday, December 15, 2017
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    2017 PHD Holiday Schedule - Holiday schedule from Monday, December 25 - Friday, December 29, 2017

    REVISED Schedule: Free N-95 Mask Distribution Sites for Friday - Sunday, December 15 - 17, 2017
    See Press Release for list of locations and REVISED times highlighted in yellow [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
    Health Precautions For Pet Owners

    Pet owners should limit their pet's exposure to the smoke and heed air quality warnings. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]

    Safe Clean-Up and Work Practices During and After Thomas Fire
    To clean ash, wear a mask and remember the three C's, Control, Contain and Capture. [ Click here ] [ Español ]
    Health Notice to Local Landscapers

    Please be aware that the County Public Health Department and the Air Pollution Control District are strongly recommending NO USE OF LEAF BLOWERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. No ash clean-up at residential and commercial properties should occur until this health notice is changed (Spanish version on page 2). [ Press Release ]

    Safe Clean Up of Ash

    If your home was impacted by the Thomas fire, here are some health precautions to take after you return home and before you begin the clean-up process. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]

    Air Quality Warning Still in Effect
    Continue to take precautions [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
    Air Quality Warning Remains in Effect Through Weekend

    The air quality index continues to show unhealthy air quality in Santa Barbara County. Smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire may continue to affect local air quality for days. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas of the county affected, will vary and conditions could change quickly. [ Press Release ]

    Public Health Advisory: Children's Health and Smoke
    The N95 masks being distributed in Santa Barbara County are designed for adults. However, these masks may fit a child if their face is comparable in size to that of a petite adult. The key to knowing if an N95 mask fits effectively is whether an airtight seal can be created around the edges of the mask once it is on the face and pressed into place across the nose. [ Press Release ]
    Response To Thomas Fire… Partnership Makes It Possible

    Just as there is a Unified Command for firefighting on the front lines of the Thomas Fire, there are partnerships behind the scenes that make all of the information regarding air quality, distribution of masks for residents, announced evacuations, sheltering for people and animals, etc. flowing smoothly. [ Press Release ]

    Instructions for use of N95 Mask

    [Instructions for use of N 95 mask- English & Español ]

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