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06/16/2018

Air Quality Alerts Issued for Sunday

An Air Quality Alert has been issued for several WDRB counties Sunday 10 AM - midnight EDT.  These alerts are often labeled with different names by different departments/offices, so for the sake of understanding we will refer to all similar alerts as air quality alerts. 

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The alert was issued for higher than normal surface ozone levels, but this is not the highest level alert.  It's an "orange" level meaning sensitive groups could feel health effects from the ozone but not the general population. Those sensitive groups include the elderly, children, and folks will breathing issues (lung/heart disease, asthma, etc.).   If you fall in to those groups, limit your time outdoors Sunday.  

Here are a few suggestions you can do to prevent the ozone level from climbing tomorrow: 

  • Reduce use of vehicles (walk, bike, or carpool with others or use public transportation)
  • Combine errands into one trip
  • Wait until after 7 PM (when ozone levels are lower) to refuel your vehicle or other machines that use gasoline. 
  • Turn off your engine if you will be idling for more than 30 seconds

You can also save energy by setting the A/C to 75º (or warmer if you can stand it) and remembering to turn off lights and small appliances not in use. 

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Through the start of the week ahead, heat index values will remain near 100º.  If you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time, you need to build in breaks where you can cool off in the air conditioning.  Everyone, whether you will spend a majority of your time inside or outside, needs to hydrate well. 

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