The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for Aug. 7 and 8, for coarse particulate matter (PM-10) for the Yuma area in Arizona. This HPA is due to particle pollutant levels expected to accumulate enough to exceed the federal health standard for PM-10. PM-10 is commonly known as dust.
People with heart or lung diseases, older adults and children are most likely to be affected by particle pollution. PM-10 particles are so small they are able to travel into the respiratory tract where they can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to these particles can also affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.
ADEQ recommends that the general public limit outdoor activity while the HPA is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.
During this HPA, ADEQ encourages residents and businesses to use these tips and resources to help make the air healthier to breathe:
- Avoid using leaf blowers
- Avoid activities that generate dust, such as driving on dirt roads and using off-road vehicles
- Drive as little as possible, carpool, use public transit or telecommute
- Avoid or limit wood burning in residential fireplaces, chimineas, outdoor fire pits and similar outdoor fires (including at hotels and restaurants and individuals/businesses that have permits for open burning)
ADEQ also urges businesses conducting dust-generating operations to be vigilant in their dust control measures.