Air pollution advisory issued for the metro area for Aug. 13
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health ADVISORY for the Twin Cities metro area for Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. An ADVISORY means that levels of air pollution are expected to be high enough to affect some individuals. The Air Quality Index forecast (fine particles from vehicle exhaust, soot and smoke from fires and industrial sources) is forecast to be 97 tomorrow. These levels are considered unhealthy for some individuals. The MPCA issues an air pollution health alert when AQI levels reach 101.
People with heart or lung diseases (including asthma) are encouraged to take it easy outdoors. Children and athletes are also vulnerable because they breathe deeply when exercising so it’s a good idea to postpone or reduce vigorous activity.
Here are some things you can do to help reduce ozone pollution:
- Since vehicles are a major cause of ozone pollution, reduce driving, avoid driving alone - carpool or catch a ride with a friend or ride the bus or light rail
- Postpone outdoor work that involves small engines (i.e. lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment), painting or use of solvents
- Reduce use of boilers
- Avoid idling your vehicle
To reduce air pollution, the City of Minneapolis Air Quality Index for Minnesota .
Aug. 12, 2009
Published Aug. 12, 2009