Air Pollution Action Day Extended to Saturday, July 7th: Expected Cold Front to Bring Improved Air Quality
Friday, July 06, 2012
CHICAGO, IL - For the fourth consecutive day, the Illinois Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are extending the Air Pollution Action Day Alert for the Chicago Metropolitan area. Regional air quality is expected to reach the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category on the national Air Quality Index through Saturday, July 7th, the seventh Action Day issued for 2012.
Ozone levels have been elevated posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with respiratory or pulmonary disorders as well as active children and adults. It is recommended that sensitive individuals take special precautions and follow their physician prescribed regimen. All residents should keep cool and limit physical activity when air pollution levels are high.
A cold front is slowly approaching and expected to reach the Chicago region late on Saturday. The front will likely bring a cleaner air mass along with cooler temperatures, resulting in improved air quality throughout the area for Sunday and Monday.
Businesses and residents in the region are encouraged to continue steps to reduce contributions to air pollution (suggested tips included below).
- Take public transit, Rideshare, walk or bike.
- If driving, avoid idling, consolidate errands and run them after 7 p.m. when sunlight is not as strong.
- Reduce energy demands:
- Use energy efficient light bulbs.
- Set your thermostat up at least 2 degrees or use a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off and unplug electronics not in use.
- Use environmentally friendly household and cleaning products.
- Use a charcoal chimney or gas grill instead of lighter fluid when grilling.
- Avoid using gasoline-powered equipment on Air Pollution Action Days.
- Do not burn leaves and other yard waste.
- Notify colleagues, friends and family to help protect their health and encourage actions.
- Sign-up to receive your air quality forecast via email at www.cleantheair.org.
The Illinois Partners for Clean Air coalition consists of businesses, government and health advocate groups committed to improving the region’s air quality through voluntary actions. More information can be found at www.cleantheair.org.