Air Quality Alert Issued for Southeast Michigan Friday

Ozone concentration levels are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive people today.

With a zero percent chance of rain today and the forecast calling for sunny skies and a high of 86, the beautiful day won't be perfect for everyone.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has issued an "Air Alert Day" because of high ozone concentrations.

"Plenty of sunshine, warmer temperatures and a more conducive wind flow will allow ozone levels to continue increasing," said Stephanie Hengesbach with MDEQ in a news release.

Hengesbach added that a breeze from the western lakeshore will bring pollution onshore later in the day and also in southeast Michigan primarily to the northwest of the Detroit area.

People and businesses are encouraged to avoid these activities:

  • Refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling
  • Using gasoline-powered lawn equipment
  • Using charcoal lighting fluid

Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles or walk, and delay or combine errands when possible.

Active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, the MDEQ advises.

Learn more on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality webpage.

Leslie Ellis July 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
We think the steps MDEQ encourages sound like good ones to take every day!


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