An air quality health advisory issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been extended through today, June 6th until midnight.
The pollutant of concern that brought the advisory is Fine Particulate Matter. The matter consists of tiny solid particles or liquid droplets in the air that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter. The exposure to these may cause short-term health effects such as irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat.
It can also cause coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Exposure for those who have asthma and heart disease may worsen their conditions. People with heart or breathing problems, and children and the elderly may be particularly sensitive to the current risk of particle matter exposure.
The best way to minimize exposure is to stay indoors and keep windows closed. The DEC provides an up-to-date Air Quality Index online, found HERE.