Air Quality Watch
updated: Oct 04, 2013, 3:04 PM
Source: Air Pollution Control District
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control
District today issued an Air Quality Watch for Santa Barbara County to be in effect through the weekend.
The combination of extremely dry conditions and winds may result in elevated particle levels in the air.
Areas of the county affected and levels of particles will vary by time of day and local weather conditions.
If you are in an area where there are high levels of dust in the air, be cautious and use common sense to
protect your health and the health of those around you. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung
disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid
outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air. If you have symptoms of
lung or heart disease that may be related to exposure to particles, including repeated coughing,
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or
unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your health care provider. Everyone is encouraged to avoid
dust-producing activities when winds are high.
For more information see www.OurAir.org, and for recorded advisory updates, call 805-961-8802.
An Air Quality Watch is issued when there is potential for poor air quality in some areas of the county.
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