Poor air quality is hazardous to the health of an entire community, but people with certain diseases and conditions are at greater risk.
- Particle pollution is especially dangerous to those with cardiovascular disease, as it contributes to heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and heart failure.
- Children and teenagers are at a greater risk because their lungs are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults.
- Ozone and particle pollutants are known to worsen symptoms such as coughing and wheezing, especially in asthma sufferers.
- When ozone pollution is high, heavy breathing – from running, hiking, biking, etc., – can inflame and damage the lining of the lungs.
- Limit driving and idling; car pool, combine errands, use public transportation, bike or walk.
- Turn out lights when you’re not using them.
- Set your thermostat a little higher when the weather gets warm.
- Refuel your vehicle early morning or after dusk.
- Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food.