July 4 Fireworks Could Bring Air Quality Concerns
Thursday, 30 June 2016 14:57
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† There may be health concerns for some individuals sensitive to air pollution during the July Fourth holiday, due to high levels of smoke from fireworks, according to the Douglas County Health Department.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The concern is most likely to exist between now and Tuesday, the day after the Fourth of July. It may cause breathing to be difficult for individuals with asthma or other lung or heart disease, the elderly, very young children, and pregnant women.
¬†‚ÄúHistorically, around the Fourth of July holiday, we have had high concentrations of fine particles due to fireworks,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúIf you are sensitive to this pollution, you can minimize the problem by avoiding prolonged periods of time outdoors or strenuous outdoor activity.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Common symptoms that individuals in those sensitive groups might experience include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness or pain in the chest, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue or a light-headed feeling. Symptoms can occur up to several weeks following exposure to particulates. ¬†Anyone experiencing worsening symptoms, regardless of their smoke exposure, should contact their health care provider.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Any increase in air pollution should be gone by midday Tuesday.