Avoiding air pollution from fireworks despite recent legislation on New Year's Eve in Hawaii may be like trying to stay dry while swimming; however, the American Lung Association in Hawaii (ALAH) has suggestions to keep your lungs safe from harm.
Hawaii residents should prepare for the annual air pollution assault by giving their lungs a healthy "tune-up" in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
On the big night, stay indoors and close your windows and doors. Avoid physical exertion and get plenty of rest. Use a mask designed to filter particulate matter. Check with medical supply companies and Straub Hospital. If breathing is exacerbated with a mask, discontinue use.
It is important to pay attention to lung health not only on New Year's Eve but also for days afterward. Particulate pollution in the air can linger and can trigger reactions from coughing and wheezing to heart attacks.
Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanoes produce and release gases mixed with water and tiny particles that form this pollution that we see and call vog. Vog can be harmful, so learn more to take steps to protect yourself and your family.