Gusty winds in Tucson: County issues air quality advisoryby Pima County News on Feb. 27, 2012, under air pollution, Environmental Quality, Health, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Pima County, Ariz. (Feb. 27, 2012) – The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Monday for particulate matter pollution. The advisory is in effect for 24 hours.
Dry conditions and wind gusts forecast at up to 45 miles per hour will likely cause high levels of airborne particulate matter. Particulate matter is made up of the tiny specks of soot, dust, and aerosols that are suspended in the air we breathe.
Individuals with heart disease and respiratory sensitivities may wish to reduce their exposure to outside air Monday afternoon and night. If you go outside, it is suggested you reduce your level of exertion to decrease the amount of particulates you breathe into your lungs.
PDEQ monitors air pollution in the region at 18 different air quality monitoring sites. Up-to-the-hour air pollution levels are available online at the PDEQ website www.AirInfoNow.org or by calling the PDEQ hotline at (520) 882-4AIR.