AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY UNTIL 9 PM SATURDAY

Posted on July 27, 2022

The Southwest Clean Air Agency, the Oregon Department of

Environmental Quality, and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

have issued an Air Quality Advisory, which is in effect until 9 PM

PDT Saturday.

An Air Quality Advisory for ozone has been issued. High levels of

ozone in the lower atmosphere in the region combined with forecasted

conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels for

sensitive groups at times through Saturday evening. This includes

children, people over 65, pregnant women, and people with heart

disease or respiratory conditions. Health officials recommend

sensitive groups limit outdoor activity when pollution levels are

high.

DEQ urges residents to protect their health and limit activities

that cause pollution during the heat wave. Recommendations include:

  1. Limit driving by using public transit, carpooling and other

alternative transportation.

  1. Avoid unnecessary engine idling.
  2. Refuel vehicles during cooler evening hours.
  3. Postpone mowing the lawn or using leaf blowers.
  4. Postpone painting and aerosol spray projects.

Smog irritates the eyes, nose and lungs and contributes to breathing

problems. Consult your health care provider if these symptoms

worsen.

Ozone forms when hot temperatures and low winds combine with

pollution from cars, gas-powered engines and chemicals in paints and

aerosols. These air pollutants react with sunlight and heat to

produce ozone and haze.

Ozone pollution increases throughout the day with exposure to

sunlight so pollution levels tend to be highest during the afternoon

and early evening hours. Air quality monitors may show good air

quality in the morning, then quickly jump to unhealthy levels later

in the day.

More information about air quality can be found at:

www.swcleanair.org

www.oregon.gov/DEQ

www.lrapa.org

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