Posts Tagged ‘air quality’

Before You Go Outside this Summer …

July 8, 2010

It’s finally summer: time to head outside and enjoy the warm weather with backyard cookouts, picnics and outdoor sports!

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine wants you to enjoy all the fun outdoor activities that the season brings. But we also want to help you make good decisions about your lung health, because some days the air outside can threaten your health.

That’s why you should know how easy it is to learn more about the health of your air by checking the American Lung Association’s daily Air Quality Index in your community.

Many people aren’t aware of the serious risks that bad air quality poses to even the healthiest of individuals. Air pollution increases the danger of damage to the lungs, raising the risk of asthma attacks and worsening the symptoms of COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Bad air quality can even shorten your life.

Children and seniors are especially vulnerable to air pollutants, but anyone with breathing and cardiovascular problems or diabetes should limit outdoor activities or exercise on poor air quality days. So please, before making outdoor plans, check that the air in your community is safe, and you’ll have a happy and healthier summer.