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09/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/11/2019 20:22

Health Department 9/11/2019 Air Quality Alert for Thursday, September 12, 2019

9/11/2019

An Action Day has been declared for Nashville, TN, on Thursday, September 12

Tomorrow's Forecast: 101 AQI, Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Ozone

Ozone: Reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Take more breaks, do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. Schedule outdoor activities in the morning when ozone is lower. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy.

Particle Pollution: Reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Take more breaks, do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy.

If you have heart disease: Symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. If you have any of these, contact your health care provider.

WHO IS AFFECTED? People with lung disease (including asthma), active adults and children are most affected by ground level ozone.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are most at risk from exposure to particle pollution.

Individuals in the above groups should consider cutting back or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until air quality improves. If you are sensitive to air pollution, check with your doctor for more specific steps you should take on Air Alert days.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

LOSE THE CAR KEYS - Share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bring your lunch, or walk to lunch instead of getting in your car.

DRIVE SMART - Combine errands, skip the drive thru, limit engine idling, and avoid rush hour.

DON'T GET FIRED UP IN THE YARD - Avoid using gas-powered yard equipment, and save the grilling out for another day.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH

This Air Quality Alert can include predicted high levels of ozone, fine particle pollution (PM2.5), or both.

The highest ozone levels usually occur from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Middle Tennessee, so reschedule or cut back on outdoor activities, particularly during these times. Active children, active adults, and people with respiratory diseases are the most vulnerable.

Unhealthy levels of PM2.5 can occur at any time during the day. People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are particularly at risk from exposure to fine particles. Cut back or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities when PM2.5 is predicted to be high.

Do not reply directly to this email. If you want more information on the air quality forecast, or other aspects of the local air quality program, please contact your local air quality agency using the information above. For more information on the U.S. EPA's AIRNow Program, visit http://www.airnow.gov.