Preliminary Maui air monitoring data show great air excellent
Posted on Sep 15, 2023 in Newsroom
DOH proceeds to urge safeguards
HONOLULU – Effects from preliminary air sampling and air monitoring performed in Lāhainā and Upcountry Maui are reassuring. The effects do not exhibit evidence of poor air excellent or any harmful degrees of contaminants in the air at the time the samples have been collected.
The Hawaiʻi Division of Wellness (DOH) has intently collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Safety Agency (EPA) to evaluate preliminary, unvalidated facts from baseline air monitoring carried out by the EPA in Lāhainā and Upcountry Maui to prepare this summary.
“The preliminary knowledge indicate that air high-quality about wildfire impacted locations in Lāhainā and Upcountry Maui are cost-free of hazardous degrees of contaminants,” stated Point out Health Director Dr. Kenneth S. Fink. “It’s crucial to try to remember that air monitoring is indicative of the ambient air quality, and higher winds or cleanup functions could trigger dust and ash to develop into airborne. We continue on to urge Maui people to don a higher-high-quality mask, these types of as an N95 mask, and other particular protecting gear when in impacted places. Safety measures ought to also proceed to be taken in nearby areas should really the air top quality transform due to disturbed ash from an impacted location.”
In addition to the baseline air sampling performed, EPA and DOH installed 13 authentic-time PM2.5 sensors in Lāhainā and Upcountry Maui adhering to the wildfires. These monitors scan for a very fantastic, dust-like product known as “Particulate Matter” or PM 2.5, which is indicative of ash and dust.
Contaminants of concern, these types of as metals like direct or arsenic, adhere to the items of ash and dust that sign-up as particulate make a difference. Because of this, air checking for PM2.5 can be utilized as an indicator for contaminant checking. If PM2.5 measurements are not over typical baseline degrees (keep on being in the green zone), then ash and dust from the impacted spots, with their associated contaminants, are not in the air in any measurable amount that would be thought of dangerous.
Air good quality details can be viewed at the AirNow Fireplace and Smoke Map at https://fire.airnow.gov/.
As contaminants are existing in dust and ash, right precautions really should be taken when in the impacted place to avoid publicity. This is also vital