Aug. 3 update: The Mid-America Regional Council has issued an Air Quality Alert, in effect for Tuesday August 3. Outdoor Air Quality Index, or AQI, values in excess of 100 are occurring due to the increased particulate matter from wildfire smoke spread across the region. This wildfire smoke is originating from numerous fires across northwestern North America.
When pollution levels are elevated, MARC recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician.
For further information please see the Mid-America Regional Council air quality program website at http://www.airqkc.org and https://www.airnow.gov/aqi/
Kansas Department of Health and Environment also sent a news release yesterday sharing steps to protect your health on days when particulate matter enters your community. Those tips are available in this news release.
Johnson County Department of Health and Enviornment's Air Quality program works with partners to protect the region's air quality through inspections, complaint investigations and public education. More information with links to other resources is available here.