SCV Air Quality Index: Very Unhealthy (201 – 300)
Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
Last week Santa Clarita’s air quality reached unhealthy pollutant levels. The Air Quality Index has 6 levels. Level 6 being the worst Air Quality; hazardous. Last week Santa Clarita’s air quality index was a Level 4. As of 6pm today, June 12, 2019, Santa Clarita’s Air Quality Index is 5 out of 6! SCV air quality is now VERY Unhealthy.
Health Message for Santa Clarita: Children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion.
According to the EPA, one way to reduce ground level ozone is to reduce heavy traffic congestion.
High concentrations of ozone near ground level can be harmful to people, animals, crops, and other materials. Ozone can irritate your respiratory system, causing you to start coughing, feel an irritation in your throat and/or experience an uncomfortable sensation in your chest. Ozone can aggravate asthma, and can inflame and damage cells that line your lungs. Ozone may also aggravate chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis and reduce the immune system’s ability to fight off bacterial infections in the respiratory system. Lastly, ozone may cause permanent lung damage. These effects can be worse in children and exercising adults.
CDC’s website: People exposed to fine particles over a long period of time have more heart and lung problems than people who are not breathing this kind of air pollution. Lowering PM levels would prevent deaths, mostly from heart attacks and heart disease.