On Thursday, September 8th, a Level Orange Air Pollution Watch was set in place for the areas around central Texas. Reports said that a smoky haze had settled over the area because of fires nearby.
The warning, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, was directed toward the elderly, very young children, and individuals with lung problems like asthma or emphysema.
When dealing with situations like this, it is important to carefully monitor your breathing. Heavy breathing and increased coughing or sneezing can be cause for alarm.
A Level Orange Watch means that those with the aforementioned conditions should limit their outdoor activities. Exposure to these levels of pollution can have several negative effects including:
- reduced lung function (the amount of oxygen taken in is less than usual)
- asthma can be aggravated
- lungs can become inflamed and the lung lining can become damaged
- risk of developing lung illnesses increases.