Monday, 03 May 2010 12:10
Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 12:13
As the Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard take the
lead in responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico, the Santa Rosa County Health Department would like residents
to be aware of the following health
● If the coastline becomes affected by the incident,
residents should avoid entering
areas where oil is present or can be
● If the smell of oil is present, avoid strenuous
activities outside. Stay inside in an
air conditioned room. Change the air
conditioner filter to ensure peak performance.
● Avoid direct skin contact with oil, oil-contaminated
water and sediments. Do not
swim or water ski in areas affected by
the oil spill. If oil makes contact with your
skin, wash it off immediately with soap
● Avoid boating through oil slicks or
● Do not fish in the oil spill affected
waters and do not harvest and eat dead fish,
fish with oily residue or fish that have
a petroleum odor.
● Young children, pregnant women, and
people with compromised immune systems
respiratory conditions should avoid the area.
● Keep pets from entering oil-contaminated
● Sightings of oil residue may be reported
to BP’s oil report line at 866-448-5816.
Individuals concerned about air quality issues can view
an up-to-date map with pollutant concentrations at www.airnow.gov, or they can
report suspected changes in air quality at http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/. These
sites also contain links to other websites with information on the government’s
response to the oil spill.
public is also advised not to attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to
report any sightings, toll free, to 866-557-1401.
most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon Response, stay tuned to the navarrepress.com.