CODE ORANGE

SOURCE: KNEWS

Forecast: Air alert, warm

"KNOXVILLE ó The first air quality alert of the season has been issued for today.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says ground level ozone concentrations may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

The code orange air quality action day means that members of sensitive groups may experience health effects, such as difficulty breathing.

Itís also going to be quite warm today with a high near 88 and a calm wind around 5 mph.

Mostly clear overnight with a low around 60.

Sunny again Tuesday with a high near 89

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms moves in Wednesday afternoon with a high near 85 and partly cloudy.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday will be cloudy with a high near 84 and Sunday will be sunny with a high near 86."


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"STEPS YOU CAN TAKE 

REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

Who is affected? People with lung disease (including asthma), active adults and children

Cautionary Statement - Cut back or reschedule strenuous outside activity



Choose a cleaner commute (share a ride to work or use public transportation).

∑ Modify plant/store operations to reduce combustion sources (reduces NOx) and conserve energy.

∑ Limit engine idling, skip the drive thru.

∑ Conserve energy (cut back A/C, turn off appliances/light, and close blinds).

∑ Postpone lawn mowing and filling of gas tanks until evening.

∑ Donít burn leaves or trash.

∑ Take your lunch to work or walk to a nearby restaurant.

∑ Combine errands."

SOURCE: ENVIRO FLASH

 

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06-01-09