Friday, July 22, 2011

Code Red: Be Kind to the Air Today

It's not just the heat and the humidity. Friday is a Code Red air quality day. (And Saturday is expected to be, too.) The outdoor air is unhealthy for everyone. High concentrations of ground level ozone means that we all should limit time outdoors, drive only if necessary, not use gas powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers, and not use chemicals on lawns. Today's concentrations of ground level ozone can reduce lung function even in healthy adults, as well as inflame the lung's lining and cause other health problems. For the latest air quality forecast, visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' website, where you can also read about the health effects of unhealthy air. 

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