Air Quality Watch Issued
updated: Apr 23, 2014, 1:30 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County 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 Northern Santa Barbara County, to be in effect through the weekend. High winds are forecast that may produce elevated particle levels, with the highest levels expected in the afternoon and early evening and especially in the Santa Maria area. Under similar wind conditions yesterday, the Santa Maria monitoring station recorded levels of particulate matter (PM10) that exceeded the state standard. Areas affected and levels of particles will vary by time of day and local weather conditions. High winds may occur from time to time over the next several days, thus this Watch is in effect until Monday morning April 28.
Schools and after-school programs in Northern Santa Barbara County are encouraged to assess local conditions and keep students indoors and limit outdoor activities if localized levels of dust and particles are high.
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 family's health. 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.
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