Clark County's Department of Air Quality (DAQ) has extended the advisory for high levels of fine particles (PM2.5) persisting due to stagnant air conditions. PM2.5 is created by vehicle exhaust and wood smoke. Additional impacts may occur from smoke due to fireworks on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Air Quality officials say that small particles and smoke can aggravate respiratory diseases. People who may be most sensitive to elevated levels fine particles include individuals with respiratory problems, cardiac disease, young children or senior citizens. Consult your physician if you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to air quality conditions.
A link to the DAQ air quality website with current air quality conditions and other information is located at http://airquality.clarkcountynv.gov/cgi-bin/aqi_map.pl. The EPA's Air Quality Index translates air quality data into colors to help people understand when they may experience health effects from air pollution. An AQI of 101 or more is considered a level that may be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people. You can receive free air quality forecasts and advisories via e-mail through the EPA's Enviroflash service. Subscription information is available at www.enviroflash.org.
Tips to limit exposure to fine particles and
· Limit outdoor exertion on days with high levels of fine particles in the air. Exercise, for example, makes you
breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
· Keep windows and doors closed.
· Run your heater inside your house to filter out fine particles.
· Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
· Limit wood burning