Thursday, May 24, 2018

DEP Declares Code Orange Air Quality Action Day In Philadelphia Area For Friday, May 25

The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Friday, May 25, for the Philadelphia area-- Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
On Friday, mostly sunny skies, light southwest winds and temperatures in the upper 80s will allow ozone to rise into the code ORANGE category across southeastern Pennsylvania.
On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.
To help keep the air healthy, residents and business are encouraged to voluntarily restrict certain pollution-producing activities by:
-- Refueling cars and trucks after dusk;
-- Setting air conditioner thermostats to a higher temperature;
-- Carpooling or using public transportation; and
-- Combining errands to reduce trips.
These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Air Quality Partnerships for the Delaware Valley.
Visit DEP’s Air Quality Partnerships webpage for more information on air quality across Pennsylvania.

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