Archive for October, 2012
Lancaster Air Quality Reviewed by EPA
Did you know that at the current moment, the EPA is looking at the overall air quality of Lancaster, PA? The Air Quality Index, or AQI for short, is the scale the EPA has drawn up and uses to monitor areas across the United States, like Lancaster. October is national air quality awareness month, meaning in this month you should educate yourself about the dangers of the poor air quality, and take action as necessary.
In order to understand why action is so important, you need to understand the full dangers of poor air quality in Lancaster. The air quality index gives us a good idea of the true threat of the air quality, but often people do not take into consideration the health risks. Did you know that poor air quality can lead to tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, asthma, permanent lung damage, or even death? Often poor air quality kills white blood cells in the lungs which can lead to increased chance of illness. 2 million people die each year from poor air quality, meaning that unless you take care of your Lancaster home by having a professional install an air purification system, some of these potential health risks could happen to you.
Understanding the Air Quality Index
Lancaster residents need to understand the air quality index. The air quality index ranges in scores from 0 to 500, and includes four main factors. These factors are ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particle pollution. The sources of these pollutants vary, but the majority of the causes are vehicles, power plants, burning of coal or other natural resources, forest fires, and several other sources.
No matter how old you are, you probably know someone at risk. Children may be at a higher risk due to their developing lungs. Elderly may have preexisting lung conditions which can create a greater risk level. Those that spend a greater amount of time outdoors are at an increased risk as well. Lancaster residents need to take action, because chances are we know someone who is at an elevated risk level.
Air quality rated on the air quality index may get as high as 500, but this is unlikely. Levels in excess of 300 have been observed and are noted to be hazardous levels which can cause damage to all individuals exposed. I have even yet to mention the health risks associated with the notorious, indoor gas of radon. This gas kills tens of thousands each year in the form of lung cancer, making it one of the deadliest concerns for Lancaster residents. Protect yourself, and your family from these dangerous pollutants with the brand the nation has come to trust. S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in air purification. We have the certifications, experience, and dedicated individuals you need to breath clean air. Do not risk your health, and call your local Lancaster S.W.A.T. Environmental today to improve your air quality.
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