Air Quality Warning Issued for Northern Santa Barbara County

SBC Public Health

See April 5, 2012 Advisory here.

Note:  the advisory below is no longer in effect.  The state health-based standard for particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10), based on a 24-hour average, was exceeded at the Santa Maria monitoring station. See exceedances page.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 6, 2012

Air Pollution Control District Contact:

Mary Byrd, Public Information Officer, 805-961-8833

County Public Health Department Contact:

Susan Klein-Rothschild, 805-681-5435

High Winds Producing Elevated Particle Levels

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Warning for Northern Santa Barbara County. Air quality is poor in some areas, especially the Santa Maria area, due to elevated particle levels caused by high winds. The high winds are expected to continue into the evening; this advisory is in effect until tomorrow morning.    If you are in an area where there are high levels of dust in the air, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family?s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air. If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to exposure to particles, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your health care provider.

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An Air Quality Warning is issued when there is poor air quality in some areas of the county.