Air Quality Watch
updated: May 05, 2014, 2:20 PM
Source: County Public Health Department
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 until Saturday morning. High winds are
forecast that may produce elevated particle levels, with the highest levels
expected in the Santa Maria area.
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 Saturday morning, May 10.
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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