The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States, and residents across the country recently celebrated America's independence with colorful fireworks and bright explosions. However, many people fail to realize that the leftovers from these pyrotechnics can pollute the air for quite some time, and some municipal authorities even issue warnings to citizens.
According to Fox 40, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Northern California warned smoke pollution may cause lung infections, bronchitis and cardiac arrest. These are serious health conditions that can be triggered by byproducts from fireworks drifting in the air. In Chicago, ABC reported that ground-level ozone and fine particles will be prevalent enough to affect those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. Other metro areas in the United States posted similar warnings due to higher than usual temperatures, which can aggravate ozone and particles amounts.
If you live anywhere close to a fireworks display, it might be a good idea to invest in a home air purifier. Devices from IQAir can remove hazardous particles and harmful ash from the air in a home, and they are well suited to combat a spike in pollution levels after the Fourth of July.