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For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2015
Media Contact:
Tere Estorino Florin

Miami-Dade County issues a precautionary advisory for elevated levels of air pollutants

(MIAMI, May 22, 2015) – Due to smoke from brush fires in Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami-Dade County is experiencing smoke and haze from elevated levels of fine particulate matter. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is in the Moderate range and will possibly continue through the weekend. Smoke may be present in the air; residents should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure. Young children, the elderly, and people with respiratory disease may be more sensitive and should avoid the outdoors until the AQI returns to Good.

Since smoke is composed of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles when wood and other organic matter burns, these microscopic particles can get into the eyes and respiratory system. This can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles can also aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases.

Residents of Miami-Dade County can obtain additional information at the air quality index website or by calling 305-372-6925. The Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Division of Resources Management offers a free service that allows subscribers to receive via e-mail a daily air quality forecast for Miami-Dade County. To subscribe, residents can sign up online.