QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX…OR AQI…WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE…THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN. WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED…
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 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.
Need to know more about OZONE ? What is it…?
Ozone is a pollutant found during the unpleasant and unhealthy air condition called smog.
Unlike other air pollutants, ozone is not emitted by pollution sources. Instead, it is formed in the air itself — high temperatures (over 80°F) and sunlight set off chemical reactions involving so-called ozone precursors, which are hydrocarbons such as gasoline vapors, and nitrogen dioxide from vehicles and smokestacks. The end result is ozone (O3), a highly reactive chemical “cousin” of the oxygen (O2) that we all need to survive.