Air Pollution Action Day Alert Issued for Monday, July 16th
Sunday, July 15, 2012
CHICAGO, IL - As a result of current conditions, the Illinois Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are issuing an 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 and extend into Monday, July 16th. This will be the eighth Action Day issued for 2012.
Current conditions and air quality monitoring indicate ozone levels have the potential to be elevated today and tomorrow, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with respiratory or pulmonary disorders as well as active children and adults. Sensitive individuals should take special precautions and follow their physician prescribed regimen. All residents should keep cool and limit physical activity when air pollution levels are high.
Although ozone levels have been rising in the area, recent storms have decreased those levels. Forecasted meteorology shows low wind speeds, high temperatures and dry conditions in the area, which can result in elevated ground-level ozone.
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.