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Air Quality Health Advisory issued for WNY

Advisory is in effect from 11:00a.m.-11:00p.m. Wed
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Posted at 3:22 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 15:22:36-04

As temperatures rise this week, officials are warning people in several parts of Western New York about increased air pollution.

The Commissioners of the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health have issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Wednesday.  It will be in effect from 11:00a.m. until 11:00p.m.

The affected regions in Western New York include Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Niagara, Orleans, Allegany, Wyoming, and Genesee counties.

The DEC and DOH are advising people, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening).

Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.

Western New Yorkers are also being encouraged to use mass transit or carpool to reduce pollution, use fans to minimize air conditioning use, and close blinds and shades avoid heat build-up.