ALERT – Air Quality Action Day has been declared for June 20.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection declares an Air Quality Action Day for Wednesday, June 20 and conditions are likely to persist through Thursday, June 21.  Ozone levels will be deemed “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” and particle pollution levels will also be elevated and enhanced due to weather conditions.

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Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

Is our Air Quality getting better or worse?

Join the discussion on the latest State of the Air report.  Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health at the American Lung Association, will discuss ALA findings in the 2012 State of the Air report.

Please join us at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, on May 3, at 7 pm.

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