DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Counties on July 16, 2019

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, for the southeast region (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

On Tuesday, sunshine, light south to southwest winds, and temperatures in the lower 90 degrees Fahrenheit will promote ozone development into the code ORANGE range in Southeastern Pennsylvania counties. DEP will continue to monitor the possibility of a future ozone episode later this week and will issue forecast updates/action day issuances as needed.

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.

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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 Air Quality Partnership for the Delaware Valley.

For more information, visit www.dep.pa.gov.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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