Valley AIRNow Air Quality Outreach Program reports that weather conditions are favorable for a Code Orange air quality alert on Thursday afternoon and evening.
A Code Orange indicates that air quality is unhealthy for some people sensitive to ozone.
The air quality spectrum:
- Green, 0-50, good
- Yellow, 51-100, moderate
- Orange, 100-151, unhealthy for sensitive people
- Red, 151-200, unhealthy
- Purple, 201-500, very unhealthy
Recommendations and tips while under Code Orange:
- Active children and adults: limit or reduce outdoor activity during the afternoon and early evening hours. Ozone can irritate your respiratory system, reduce lung function, and aggravate asthma - and ozone damage to your body can occur without obvious symptoms.
- For those with compromised respiratory systems, limit outdoor activity.
- Carpool, bicycle to work to reduce ground-level ozone. Telecommute.
- Refuel vehicles in the evening to limit fumes mixing with sun light to produce harmful ozone - and don't "top off" the tank, allowing fumes to escape.
- Delay mowing with gas-powered mowers or using other heavy equipment that may emit pollution.
- Avoid drive-through windows at restaurants, banks, cleaners, etc.
- Note: An idling engine can emit pollution into the air
For more info, visit www.valleyairnow.com