Tuesday, May 16: 101 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Orange Air Alert Orange Alert Ozone
Who is affected?
People with lung disease (including asthma), active adults and children are most affected by ground level ozone.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are most at risk from exposure to particle pollution.
Individuals in the above groups should consider cutting back or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until air quality improves. If you are sensitive to air pollution, check with your doctor for more specific steps you should take on Air Alert days.
Steps you can take to reduce air pollution
Lose the car keys – Share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bring your lunch, or walk to lunch instead of getting in your car.
Drive smart – Combine errands, skip the drive thru, limit engine idling, and avoid rush hour.
Don’t get fired up in the yard – Avoid using gas-powered yard equipment, and save the grilling out for another day.
Steps you can take to protect your health
This Air Quality Alert can include predicted high levels of ozone, fine particle pollution (PM2.5), or both.
The highest ozone levels usually occur from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Middle Tennessee, so reschedule or cut back on outdoor activities, particularly during these times. Active children, active adults, and people with respiratory diseases are the most vulnerable.
Unhealthy levels of PM2.5 can occur at any time during the day. People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are particularly at risk from exposure to fine particles. Cut back or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities when PM2.5 is predicted to be high.
If you want more information on the air quality forecast, or other aspects of the local air quality program, please contact your local air quality agency using the information above. For more information on the U.S. EPA’s AIRNow Program.