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PM-2.5 Health Watch issued for 01/17 - No Burn Day

Post Date:01/16/2014

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a PM-2.5 Health Watch for Friday, January 17, 2014.

Open burning and wood burning fireplace activity is restricted in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.

 

Take Action

  • Avoid activities that generate dust, such as driving on dirt roads.
  • Stabilize loose soils.
  • Eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
  • Drive as little as possible: car pool, use public transit or telecommute. For information on transportation alternatives, visit Valley Metro: www.ValleyMetro.org or call 602.253.5000.
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

This health watch includes the following restrictions:

  • Open burning and woodburning fireplace activity is restricted in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.

PM-10 stands for particulate matter measuring 10 microns or less. State and county agencies measure PM-10 and PM-2.5 which are extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found circulating in the air. PM, or particulate matter, comes from either combustion (cars, industry, woodburning) or dust stirred up into the air. High levels of PM are typically created when the air is especially stagnant.

PM-2.5 stands for particulate matter measuring 2.5 microns or less. State and county agencies measure PM-10 and PM-2.5 which are extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found circulating in the air. PM, or particulate matter, comes from either combustion (cars, industry, woodburning) or dust stirred up into the air. High levels of PM are typically created when the air is especially stagnant.

"Health Watch" means the highest concentration of pollution may approach the federal health standard. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion during a health watch.

"High Pollution Advisory" or "HPA" means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard. Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Maricopa County employers enlisted in the Trip Reduction Program are asked to activate their HPA plans on high pollution advisory days.

 

The Clean Air Make More App provides you with real-time air quality information right on your smartphone or tablet.

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Get real-time information about air quality in Maricopa County along with alerts about High Pollution Advisories, Health Watches and restrictions for activities such as woodburning, leaf blowing and off-highway vehicle use.

Visit CleanAirMakeMore.com today and get the Clean Air Make More App!

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Maricopa County also offers text alerts on days when the concentrations of particulate matter (PM) and ozone pollution are expected to reach or exceed unhealthy levels.

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