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.
Show you care about the air and the health of your fellow community members! 
  • 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.
For more information on air quality in Mesa County, visit health.mesacounty.us.