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Jul 2, 2014 11:09 PM by Dave Hovde

Fireworks expected to reduce air quality on Friday

Fireworks can temporarily increase air pollution in areas near fireworks displays. During prime time for fireworks displays (8 to 10 pm), a significant increase in particulate pollution is possible; especially in areas with substantial fireworks activity and stagnant weather conditions. Although most of the fireworks smoke will likely dissipate by midnight, elevated particulate concentrations can last into the early morning hours if wind conditions are stagnant or an inversion is present. Particle pollution may be harmful to people with heart or lung disease, and children and elderly individuals are also more susceptible to consequences of high particulate levels. Residents should use common sense and take precautions to reduce the harmful health effects associated with smoke exposure. These precautions are especially important for people with existing respiratory or heart conditions. When smoke is obvious in the air, County officials recommend that sensitive individuals avoid strenuous outdoor activity and remain indoors as much as possible. Near fireworks displays, particulate concentrations may be high enough that even healthy individuals may be affected. If coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, exhaustion, light-headedness or chest pain occurs, outdoor activity should be stopped and the affected person should seek medical attention.

Thursday, Jul 3: 28 AQI Good Ozone
Friday, Jul 4: 49 AQI Good Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Saturday, Jul 5: 45 AQI Good Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Sunday, Jul 6: 29 AQI Good Ozone
Monday, Jul 7: 28 AQI Good Ozone

The Air Quality Forecast is provided by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.

For more information, visit http://www.slocleanair.org



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