It's the quality of the air you're breathing…EVERYDAY
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Hickory, NC 28602
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to go to Air Quality Forecast Center for Ozone and Particulate Matter
average adult breathes over 3,000 gallons of air a day
to 70% of air pollution is caused by cars and trucks
Pollution causes shortness of breath and reduces lung function,
even in healthy adults
out of every three people exposed to air pollution is at a higher
risk of experiencing health-related effects
and Particulate Matter (PM) are the two major pollutants in Catawba
colorless gas found in the air we breathe
to as smog
when air pollutants "bake" in the hot, summer sun
from cars and industries
ozone levels are high, the following factors are usually in place:
sunshine; clear sky; temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit; little
or no wind
levels usually occur between Noon and 6 p.m. from May through September.
ozone is a major summertime air pollutant
is Particulate Matter?
complex mixture of extremely small particles
and liquid droplets
can be emitted directly or formed in the air from gases
from cars, trucks, buses, factories, construction sites, tilled
fields, unpaved roads, stone crushing, and wood burning
be a problem any time of the year and any time of the day or night.
major source of haze that reduces visibility in many areas, including
What are the health effects of Ozone?
- Aggravates asthma
- Reduces lung function
- Lowers resistance to allergens, infections and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia
- Causes shortness of breath, pain with deep inhalation, coughing and wheezing, headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation
are the environmental and health effects of Particulate Matter?
particles penetrate deeper into the lungs
can lead to premature death and aggravation of heart and lung disease
hospital admissions and doctor and ER visits
from work and school
be a link to lung cancer deaths, infant mortality and developmental
on soil and water and harms the environment by changing the nutrient
and chemical balance
- Causes erosion and staining of structures including culturally important
objects such as monuments and statues
Who is most sensitive to health effects of Ozone and Particulate Matter?
with asthma or pre-existing lung problems
adults who engage in physical exercise outdoors
adults who engage in manual labor outdoors
can be done about Ozone?
spilling fuel and topping off the tank
tires properly inflated
lawns after 6pm
can be done about Particulate Matter?
burn trash or yard waste
less strenuously on high particulates days
busy roads and fires
indoor particulates by not smoking indoors
use of candles, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
Where can you find more information on Ozone and Particulate Matter?
for the forecast in your local TV, radio or newspaper
is forecast April - October
Matter is forecast all year around
Catawba County Public Health at 695-5800 or check the county website at www.catawbacountync.gov
1-888-RU4NCAIR or check out the state website at www.daq.state.nc.us
- • Subscribe to e-mail or text forecast notifications at www.enviroflash.info
What can you do to protect you and your family from air pollution?
aware of the ozone and particulate matter forecasts
those most susceptible to high levels to limit outdoor activities
and stay indoors on "bad air" days
the air quality color codes - the recommended actions and health
effects (see chart on below)
steps to protect your health and environment
What is an Air Quality Action Day?
- When pollution levels are forecasted to be Code Orange, Red or Purple (levels above the Federal health standard)
- Citizens are asked to take ACTION to reduce air pollution and to protect their health
- Care for the Air
- Drive less: carpool, vanpool, take the bus, telecommute.
- Conserve electricity.
- Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
- Avoid idling your vehicle.
- Refuel and mow after 6:00pm.
- From April 1 through October 31, most Air Quality Action Days will be for ozone, although a few code orange particulate days may occur during this period.
- From November 1 - March 31, Air Quality Action Days during this period should only be for particles.
Air Quality Color Code
| Good (Green)
||No health effects expected
| Moderate (Yellow)
||Unusually sensitive people: consider limiting outdoor activity
|Unhealthy for sensitive groups (Orange)
||Children, active people, and those with respiratory or heart disease: limit outdoor activity
||Everyone: limit or avoid outdoor activity
|Very unhealthy (Purple)
||Everyone: avoid outdoor activity
Click on this link for the NC Air Quality Forecast Center for Hickory and other areas:
Click on this link for information on the Air Quality Color Guide and Facts you should know about air quality:
Click on this link to sign up for EnvironFlash Air Quality Forecasts: http://daq.state.nc.us/airaware/enviroflash/
Click on this link for even more air quality information: http://www.airnow.gov/