The fireworks that light the night sky on the 4th of July may be beautiful, but they can have an impact on both your outdoor and indoor air quality.
Short Term Effects
The effects on air quality from fireworks can be extensive, and although it is not long-term, it can bring dangerous toxins into the air.
It can last for hours or days after the fireworks are set off.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to the fine particles let off by fireworks are linked to negative health implications, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, and even heart attacks.
Bringing Outdoors In
Although fireworks are set off outdoors, the affected air and particles can travel inside on your clothes and through open windows and doors.
Therefore during the firework shows, avoid having windows open and minimize when doors are being opened and closed.
When you get home, consider throwing the clothes you are wearing in the washer right away instead of letting them lay in the laundry. This can help get rid of any smoke and haze residue that may affect your indoor air.
Those with existing conditions such as asthma or other respiratory issues should try to watch firework shows inside.
This will help limit the contact to any particles that may exacerbate their symptoms.
New Jersey Firework Laws
New Jersey’s law strictly prohibits both the sale, use, and possession of large fireworks.
This generally includes any aerial explosives such as bottle rockets, firecrackers, and Roman candles.
Even small fireworks, like sparklers, can affect your air quality. Be sure to have any IAQ devices installed and working efficiently so your air quality can stay top-notch during Independence day weekend.
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