Air Quality Alert In Effect From 11 A.M. To 11 P.M. Friday For Western New York

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM EDT

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Air Quality Alert In Effect From 11 A.M. To 11 P.M. Friday For Western New York

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK, (WKBW/National Weather Service) - In Effect From 11 A.M. To 11 P.M. Friday. Air Quality Levels In Outdoor Air Are Predicted To Be Greater Than An Air 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.

A Toll Free Air Quality Hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the Air Quality situation.

The Toll Free Number Is: 1-800-535-1345

Please stay tuned to Eyewitness News at Noon, 5 and 6P.M. for more information.