No escaping the air

2013-01-07T20:01:00Z 2013-01-07T21:00:38Z No escaping the air Daily Herald
January 07, 2013 8:01 pm

No escaping the air

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued an "unhealthy for sensitive groups" air quality alert for Utah County because of a high pressure system moving over the state. The air has become dense and heavy and will linger until another storm front pushes it out.

Sensitive groups include those with respiratory problems or heart disease, the elderly and children. These folks should especially avoid being outside for longer than necessary. Dirty particles are flying around everywhere. This is typical winter inversion weather for Utah Valley.

Executive director of the Utah County Health Department, Dr. Joseph Miner, said everyone should stay indoors whenever possible, wear masks when outside, avoid unnecessary driving and regularly change indoor filters.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, many indoor activities such as cooking, heating, cooling, cleaning and redecorating can create indoor pollutants. Studies have shown that home air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality, the commission says.

This is disheartening. There is no escape. What are we supposed to do, hold our breath until the next storm?

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