Bucks County residents should be aware of potentially hazardous air quality.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for several counties Thursday.
Poor air quality can be detrimental for several groups of people. The elderly, young children, and people with asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis are especially vulnerable.
Anyone with respiratory issues should limit their time outside.
“A significant temperature inversion and light wind are likely to contribute to daily average concentrations of fine particulate matter,” said the DEP.
Fine particulate matter is a form of air pollution. It can be comprised of sometimes microscopic dirt, dust or smoke and can pose a health risk.
As a whole, the public can take several actions to not exacerbate poor air quality. These include
- not using fireplaces or wood stoves,
- limiting driving,
- waiting until night to do laundry or run the dishwasher
- not using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment, and
avoiding the open burning of leaves, trash and other materials.