The Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) have issued an Air Pollution Action Day alert for the Chicago Metropolitan area for Saturday, July 23rd. High temperatures and low wind speeds may trap air pollutants resulting in increased and unhealthy levels of ozone and particulate matter for sensitive populations in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Individuals with respiratory or pulmonary disorders as well as active children and adults should take special precautions and follow their physician-prescribed regimen. Residents should keep cool and limit physical activity.
You can help decrease air pollution on Air Pollution Action Days by taking the following “green actions:”
· Ride public transit, carpool, walk or bike.
· If you must drive, avoid idling, consolidate errands and run them after 7 p.m. when sunlight is not as strong.
· Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
· Raise your thermostat at least 2 degrees.
· Turn off and unplug any electronics not in use.
· Use environmentally-friendly household and cleaning products.
· Avoid using gasoline-powered equipment.
· When grilling, use a charcoal chimney or gas grill instead of lighter fluid.
The Department of Health works closely with the IEPA to monitor local air quality conditions. It is possible that additional Air Pollution Action Days may be called. Check your local daily air quality forecast or sign-up to receive notices via email at www.cleantheair.org.