Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Air Quality Alert Issued for Thursday, June 11th


Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY TO 10 PM THURSDAY... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... 
SUFFOLK...NASSAU...RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX... 
WESTCHESTER...ROCKLAND.
 
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN 
AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF OZONE. 

THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE 
LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE.  THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE, 
THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN. 
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF 
HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR 
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS.  

PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF 
POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY 
PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER 
CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN. 
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK 
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. 
THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.

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