Particle Pollution

By Zach Petersen

How Particle Pollution Impacts Your Health

Coarse particles in the air can irritate your airways. Mines', construction sites', dry riverbeds', farms', and roads' dust are types of coarse particles. Fine particles are even more dangerous than coarse particles because they can get into your lungs and your bloodstream. "Fine particulates can play a role in causing serious illnesses and death because they are small enough to be inhaled deep into the lungs. Once fine particles are in the lungs, they can affect the heart, blood vessels, and lungs".Some of the effects of particle pollution are eye, lung, and throat irritation, trouble breathing, lung cancer, and problems with babies at birth.

How You Can Protect You and Your Family From Particle Pollution

Protect Yourself and Others

Finding and linking causes of particle pollution to specific types of particle pollution can help protect public health. Traffic created fine particle were shown as a leading cause in inreased syptoms and inhaler use of kids. If the environment around you has high particle pollution levels, you should try to avoid inhaling large amounts of particles. If we only measure the size and not where the particles are coming from and what the are composed of, we will not be able to prevent Particle pollution based health problems. "Help yourself and everyone else breathe easier. Support national, state and local efforts to clean up sources of pollution. Your life and the life of someone you love may depend on it".

Particle Pollution in Iowa

"Take a deep breath, central Iowa. The air quality here is pretty good, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.The Des Moines metro area, which includes Ames, is listed as one of the cleanest cities for ozone pollution.""Polk County, Iowa's most populous county, received an "A" grade for its relative lack of ozone pollution and a "B" for particle pollution days."Christy Hillman, the spokesperson for the American Lung Association in Iowa states that Iowa is making good efforts and showing signs of low particle pollution, but there is always room for improvement.

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