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Air quality alert announced for western New York

As the August heat rises, air quality in regions across the United States is negatively impacted. Pollution levels in western New York reached unhealthy levels for the week ending on August 24, 2012, WBTA AM1490 reports.

"The main concern there is that people that have respiratory problems [such as] elderly people [and very young children] may sometimes be more susceptible to the effects of the o-zone, [which] could cause breathing problems…," meteorologist Tom Paone, from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, told the news source.    

When air pollution levels are raised, residents should consider limiting time spent outdoors. Instead, people can increase the time they spend indoors in an establishment equipped with a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of harmful pollutants in a home and improve an individual's respiratory function.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has set up a toll free number so interested residents can remain informed. The phone number is 1-800-535-1345.