Sunday, September 18, 2011

Level Orange Pollution Watch in Texas

 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.
In this case, the citizens of central Texas have no control over the air outside. However, controlling the air inside can help to lessen the effects of the outside toxins and pollution. 

You can protect your loved ones from the effects listed above, with a system from Air Purifying Systems and Solutions! You can rest assured that although the air outside is less than clean, you are breathing the cleanest air possible while you're at home! 

Source: KVUE

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