Special Air Quality Statement In Effect

Tuesday June 14th, 2022

Posted at 4:58pm

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A special air quality statement has been issued.

Wednesday’s hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area.  Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout Wednesday with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Children, including teenagers, are at higher risk from outdoor air pollution because they often spend time being active outdoors. Young people are more likely to have asthma and their lungs are still developing.

People with cardiovascular disease can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate the disease leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.

Avoiding the use of gas powered equipment, such as lawnmowers, also helps reduce outdoor air pollution.

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