GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The National Weather Service has extended the Air Quality Alert to late Friday night.
A Code RED (Unhealthy) Air Quality Alert has been issued for the following counties:
SC: Anderson,Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg
NC: Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Macon, McDowell, Rutherford
Elevations below 4000 feet in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey
A Code ORANGE (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) Air Quality Alert has been issued for the following counties:
SC: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, and York
NC: Iredell, Rowan, Mecklenburg, Union Gaston, Lincoln
State authorities declared an Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates. That means fine particulate concentrations within the affected region could exceed unhealthy standards, especially for people sensitive to particle pollution.
During the Air Quality Alert, people are urged to:
· Stay inside if possible, particularly if you have respiratory concerns or other health problems, are a senior or child
· If you must go out, try to limit the amount of time you are out to strictly essential activities
· Minimize your use of items that increase pollution, such as cars, gas powered lawn mowers and other vehicles
· Do not burn debris or other items during an air quality alert
|Visibility (miles)||Air Quality Index||AQI Color|
|10+||0 – 50||Good|
|6 – 9||51 – 100||Moderate|
|3 – 5||101 – 150||Unhealthy for sensitive groups|
|1 – 3||151 – 200||Unhealthy|
|< 1||201 – 300||Hazardous|
Greenville County Schools administration says they have been in close contact with its principals today about the air quality and the potential impact on students.
They say principals have been advised that students who are known to have asthma or breathing conditions or students who express discomfort being outside should be allowed to remain indoors.
They say parent requests that their children be excused from going outside for recess should be honored.
They say the same standards should be applied for athletes during outdoor practices this afternoon.
At least one school in Northern Greenville County has cancelled recess and outdoor activities today because of thick haze and poor air quality, according to the district.
It is about 20 miles south of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek.
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