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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
600 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 MORE AIR AND THEREFORE MORE POLLUTION 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...AQI...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. THAT IS 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 US AT
WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV. THAT IS WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

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