published Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Code Orange Health Watch declared for Saturday

An air pollution Code Orange Health Watch has been declared for Saturday.

The Air Quality Index is predicted to be 101 which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to news release from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

People at risk include

* Children who are active outdoors

* Adults of all ages exercising or working outdoors

* People with asthma or other respiratory conditions

* People with unusual susceptibility to air pollution

Some pollution-reducing suggestions

Reduce fuel use

* Drive less by combining errands

* Drive at slower speeds

* Postpone using gasoline-powered lawn equipment

* Keep your engines properly tuned and tires properly inflated

* Refuel after 6 p.m. and don’t top off your gasoline tank

Reduce energy consumption

* Turn off lights

* Turn thermostats up 2-4 degrees

* Keep blinds drawn to block out sun

Find alternate methods of transportation

* Walk or bike (before noon and after 6:00 p.m.)

* Use public transportation

* Carpool or Vanpool

Reduce exposure to pollution by:

* Planning strenuous activity when pollution levels are forecast to be lower

* Reducing the amount of time spent at vigorous activity

* Choosing a less strenuous activity (e.g., going for a walk instead of a jog)

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