GENESEO, N.Y., June 28, 2023- Due to ongoing wildfires in Canada, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. James McDonald have issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for several New York regions including Livingston County for Wednesday, June 28, 2023. The advisory will be in place from 12 a.m. through 11:59 p.m.
Locally, the Air Quality Index, a color-coded scale that is regulated by the level of unhealthy material in the lower atmosphere, is expected to rise above 150, which is classified by AirNow.gov as unhealthy.
Low air quality, or what is also known as elevated levels of fine particulate matter, can negatively impact the public’s health. Exposure can cause short-term health effects such as irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to elevated levels of fine particulate matter can also worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease. People with heart or breathing problems, children and the elderly may be particularly sensitive to low air quality.
Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said, "given the heightened air pollution levels we are seeing across much of the state, the New York State Department of Health recommends that New Yorkers limit strenuous outdoor activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who are especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants, including the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as heart disease or asthma, should avoid spending time outdoors, if possible. Those who experience symptoms or have symptoms that worsen should consider consulting their personal physician."
Additional information on low air quality is available on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.