Friday, July 15, 2016

Air Quality Alert issued by NYSDEC


Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... 
RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX...WESTCHESTER... 
ROCKLAND...NASSAU...SUFFOLK...IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING. 
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN 
AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF GROUND LEVEL 
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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