SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Many of you might be heading out to Pioneer Day events and watch fireworks displays. Those who have respiratory problems may be affected during the holiday.
The Department of Air Quality in Utah monitors the air and we definitely see a spike in poor air quality with fireworks and smoke in the air.
“It might be worse on July 4th and July 24th but really that whole month,” said Dr. Denitza Blagev with Intermountain Medical Center.
People who are sensitive may be feeling the effects of poor air in July.
You add in peak wildfire season and high ozone levels, they all contribute to pollution says Dr. Denitza Blagev, Pulmonary Critical Care Physician at Intermountain Medical Center.
“For people who are at risk who have asthma, COPD or respiratory symptoms during those times, those people should really try to stay indoors. For people with chronic disease make sure you’re taking regular medication.”
Dr. Blagev says being mindful of air quality is not just for sensitive groups.
“One important point, all of us are at risk of harm from breathing polluted air whether we feel it at that moment or not puts us at risk for developing lung disease later on. All of us should be concerned about it even though you can sit through the fireworks and not feel any different. I’m not going to tell anyone they shouldn’t go out and watch fireworks on a big day, but keep in mind, sometimes what happens we might not feel just right and recognize that link.”
Dr. Blagev says if you are going out to watch fireworks events bring that rescue inhaler with you if you have asthma or COPD or other lung problems.