Everyone loves a backyard fireworks display or attending a big show on the 4th of July. Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour doesn’t want to rain on anyone’s celebration but says those with certain health conditions should limit their time outdoors due to the heavy smoke.
Dr. Pour says the department’s monitor shows the same in a national study that partial levels on the 4th of July, between 9 and 10 pm, are 42% higher than what is seen the day before. This could have a negative impact on those with certain health problems.
That smoke also contains dust, dirt and soot and can be dangerous for those with respiratory problems, heart disease, the elderly, small children and those with asthma. Dr. Pour recommends those with these health issues watch the fireworks upwind and stay away from backyard displays.
Earlier this week the air quality standard for parts of eastern Nebraska was lowered due to smoke drifting in from wildfires in Canada. Dr. Pour says those have decreased over the past few days and should not be a health risk problem.