HARRISBURG, Pa., July 28, 2011 /PR Newswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnership have forecast an air quality action day for Friday, July 29, in the Susquehanna Valley region.
On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.
The air quality forecast predicts Friday to be code ORANGE for ozone. The Susquehanna Valley region is Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.
Ground-level ozone, a key component of smog, forms during warm weather when pollution from vehicles, industry, households and power plants 'bakes' in the hot sun, making it hard for some people to breathe.
To help keep the air healthy, residents and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily limit certain pollution-producing activities by:
- Riding the bus or carpooling to work;
- Washing dishes and clothes only with full loads; and
- Saving energy by turning off unused lights in your home.
These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Susquehanna Valley Air Quality Partnership. For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Air Quality Partnership.
Media contact: Katy Gresh, 717-787-1323
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection