DEM warns of poor air quality for R.I. for Tuesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management issuing an air quality alert for the entire state for Tuesday.

Experts say this is because on hot and humid days we often see pollution and ozone levels spike.

This alert is especially important for people with underlying lung issues or other health conditions- such as asthma- as well as for children and the elderly.

The unhealthy air can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection, and aggravation of asthma and other respiratory discomforts.

The DEM suggests that Rhode Islanders limit outdoor exercise and stay inside with air conditioning to best avoid the side effects, or spend time outdoors in the earlier hours of the day.

Officials say there are ways you can do your part to help reduce air pollution, like carpooling or using public transportation when you can.

For more information on air quality in your area, please click here.

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