Clark County’s Department of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued an advisory for smoke from fireworks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Smoke is made of small particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma or heart disease. Consult your physician if you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to air quality conditions. Under today’s conditions, it may be best for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart disease to stay indoors.
HELPFUL TIPS TO LIMIT PERSONAL EXPOSURE TO SMOKE
· Limit outdoor exertion on days with high levels of fine particles in the air. Exercise makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
· Keep windows and doors closed.
· Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH AIR QUALITY INFORMATION
The Department of Air Quality monitors air pollution through a network of monitoring sites throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Data is collected from these sites and reported at our monitoring website: AirQuality.ClarkCountyNV.gov. People can stay informed through a couple channels:
· Twitter and Facebook: Read air quality updates in your Facebook news feed or tweets. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClarkCountyAirQuality and Twitter: @CCAirQuality.
· EnviroFlash: Receive daily text or email messages with the latest air quality information. Learn more at www.enviroflash.org [enviroflash.org]. Air Quality also issues advisories and alerts for ozone and other pollutants such as dust, smoke and other particulate matters.
· AIRNow: Air quality forecasts, current conditions and the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Clark County.