Summer is finally here and we are already feeling the heat in Colorado. This time of year, when the climate is hot and dry, increased ground-level ozone pollution and smoke from wildfire can make our air more harmful to breathe. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) remind residents that there are ways to protect our health when air quality is poor and simple steps we can all take to help keep our air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Poor air quality can cause a number of health concerns and aggravate existing health problems, especially for people who have chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or other lung diseases. Breathing bad air is also especially harmful for older adults, babies and children and people who spend a lot of time working or exercising outdoors. Prolonged exposure can cause short- and long-term lung damage. Particulate matter from many sources, including wildfires, can also have effects of those with cardiovascular disease. Luckily, there are some things residents can do to protect their health when Air Quality Health Advisories and Ozone Action Alerts are issued.
Jeffco residents can sign-up to receive air quality alerts from JCPH via text or email. Click here and scroll down to “Alert Center.” Select “Air Quality Alerts from Public Health” and enter your phone number and/or email address.
Environmental Health Services Division Director
Jefferson County Public Health