BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT)– The Jefferson County Department of Public Health and the Alabama Partners for Clean Air have declared a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for the Ozone.
The JCDH says sensitive groups of people should limit time outside, but the general public will not likely be impacted.
Other tips include:
- Refuel vehicle after 6 p.m.
- Use gas-powered lawn equip after 6 p.m.
- Limit engine idling/avoid drive-thrus
- Cut down on driving
- Conserve energy/set AC at a higher temp
The APCA says the Air Quality Alert is also in effect for Shelby County.
According to the APCA website, “Ground-level ozone is harmful to health, especially for children, the elderly, outdoor workers and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma. Particle pollution affects these people as well as those with heart disease. The primary target is the respiratory system, but it also targets the heart and the immune system. Ozone is a reactive and irritating chemical. When inhaled, it can irritate and inflame the airways that carry air from the mouth and nose to the lungs.”