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How to stay safe and prepare for looming threats of unhealthy air quality

Original post made on Jul 20, 2021

With hotter, drier temperatures and an anticipated increase in wildfires, the Bay Area is bound to have some unhealthy air quality this summer. So, what are the best ways to keep yourself safe?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 9:28 AM

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Posted by plantfruittrees
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jul 20, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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Learned during last year's fires: when you can see the air move in faint swirl patterns when a breeze blows, you don't want to be outside breathing that.


Posted by David Pedersen
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2021 at 2:03 am

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I'm concerned that this article mentions the idea of "healthy" levels of air pollution.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming and unambiguous: ALL levels of air pollution are unhealthy - even levels so low that the most-precise monitoring devices can't detect them.

While Palo Alto Online is simply relaying the information provided by the relevant authorities, which I respect and am grateful for, I cannot understand why the state and federal governments (and local authorities whose powers are delegated by the aforementioned entities) continue to fool their citizens into believing that there are healthy levels of air pollution, even as such claims fly in the face of well-established medical and horticultural literature.

Thus, it is important to always take precautions to minimize air pollution - even on "good" air days. Furthermore, the current air-quality index scale should be replaced with the scale used in Canada, known as the air-quality health index (AQHI for short), which indicates the relative RISK rather than whether or not the air in a given region is "healthy" (which is only true when no pollution is present).

Let us all do our part to keep the air we breathe as clean as possible, including by ceasing wood burning and prescribed burns and transitioning vehicle, rail, and ship fleets to electric propulsion where possible.


Posted by Lillian Podesta
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 14, 2021 at 8:16 am

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

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Another source of air pollution is the constant construction going up all over the area. Oh and leaf blowers!


Posted by Daryl Jensen
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 14, 2021 at 9:44 am

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