WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- An air quality alert is in effect through midnight in all of Westchester County, according to the National Weather Service.
The advisory issued by the New York State Department of Enviornmental Conservation predicts the indoor air quality levels will be greater than an air quality index (AQI) value of 100 for fine particles.
The 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.
Anyone with symptoms should consult their physician.
For more information about the air quality situation, call (800) 535-1345.
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