Air Quality Warning Extended Through the Weekend – High Winds and Elevated Particle Levels Expected for Northern Santa Barbara County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2012

Air Pollution Control District Contact:
Molly Pearson, Community Programs Supervisor, 805-961-8838

County Public Health Department Contact:
Susan Klein-Rothschild, 805-681-5435

Air Quality Warning Extended Through the Weekend

High Winds and Elevated Particle Levels Expected for Northern Santa Barbara County

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today extended an Air Quality Warning for Northern Santa Barbara County through the weekend. Air quality may be poor in some areas, especially the Santa Maria area, due to elevated particle levels caused by high winds. The high winds are expected to be strongest on Friday, and are expected to diminish by Saturday.  However, there may still be areas with elevated particle levels on Saturday and Sunday. This advisory is in effect until Monday morning.

High winds this week have resulted in several exceedances of the state standard for particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) at both the Santa Maria and Lompoc monitoring stations.

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.

For more information see www.OurAir.org, and for recorded advisory updates, call 805-961-8802.

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