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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
800 AM EDT WED MAY 4 2016

... THIS IS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR QUALITY AND HOW IT
AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH.

TODAY WE HIGHLIGHT THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF POOR AIR QUALITY.

YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AIRBORNE CONTAMINATION EVERY TIME YOU BREATHE
POLLUTED AIR. BUT WHEN YOU EXERCISE, WORK IN THE YARD, OR DO OTHER
STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES THAT MAKE YOU BREATHE HARDER AND FASTER YOU
INHALE EVEN MORE POLLUTED AIR INTO YOUR LUNGS.

EXPOSURE TO HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE AND PARTICLE POLLUTION IS LINKED
WITH A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT HEALTH PROBLEMS. CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITH
LUNG DISEASE, OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH HEART DISEASE TEND TO BE
MORE VULNERABLE. WHEN POLLUTION REACHES HIGH ENOUGH LEVELS, THE AIR
CAN BE UNHEALTHY FOR EVERYONE ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ACTIVE OUTDOORS.
YOU CAN HELP PROTECT YOURSELF SIMPLY BY CHANGING THE TIME OR
INTENSITY OF YOUR ACTIVITIES.

USE THE AIR QUALITY INDEX AND DAILY AIR QUALITY FORECASTS TO HELP
YOU DETERMINE WHEN YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES. THE AQI IS A COLOR
CODED SCALE THAT TELLS YOU WHO NEEDS TO TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE
EXPOSURE TO OZONE OR PARTICLE POLLUTION.  LOCAL AIR QUALITY
FORECASTS ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.AIRNOW.GOV.

TOMORROW WE WILL LEARN ABOUT TOOLS TO HELP YOU GET AIR QUALITY
INFORMATION.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT OUR
WEBSITE AT WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

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LEVAN



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