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Take Care…Check the Air.

Not every day is a good day to be outside

On some days, especially during summer, air quality can be unhealthy to breathe. That’s why it’s important to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast to plan your day, and to check the Current AQI throughout the day for hourly updates.

If the AQI reaches the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups/Orange category, it’s best that some people limit or avoid time outdoors. Infants, children, and youth under 19 years of age are included in the health sensitive group. This means that they are more likely to experience potential health effects from exposure to air pollution.

How can I reduce my exposure to PM2.5

Check the Air Quality Index and understand the implications of each level:

Moderate51 – 100

How do fine particles (PM2.5) affect our health?

The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles measuring 2.5 microns in diameter and smaller, pose the greatest problems because they can get deep into your lungs, and may get into your bloodstream. Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:

  • Premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • Nonfatal heart attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Aggravated asthma
  • Decreased lung function
  • Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

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