Air Quality Hazards

Smoke rises from a controlled burn May 19th, 2o10 in the Gulf of Mexico.

The image above is a good indication of what we need to be concerned about as the situation in the Gulf deteriorates further.  Burning crude accelerates the movement of volatile organic compounds and particulate matter into the air, where it is more likely to cause health hazards to those in the region who may end up breathing it it.  For this reason, we encourage all Floridians to be aware of the air currents over the Gulf and to plan accordingly. Also, if you are subject to air hazards and experience respiratory symptoms report it on the Gulf Oil Spill Tracker.

Wind mapping technology allows you to view real-time air current conditions in your area, as well as forecast for upcoming trips to areas where exposure to airborne pollutants may present a problem.  Due to the fact that this underwater event involves  massive quantities of toxic gas and volatile organic compounds which may go airborne, it is necessary for Floridians to exercise precaution.  Learn more about the toxic components of crude oil here.

Related Articles:

1) Oil odor could cause respiratory symptoms, May 20th

2) Odors from Deepwater Horizon burn operation waft ashore in Okaloosa, May 20th

3) Gulf Oil Spill Air Quality Updates: Louisana, May 24th

4) Benzene Contamination in Gulf States May 26th

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