The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau has issued a Code Orange Health Watch for Thursday. 

What does this mean? 

According to officials, the Air Quality Index is predicted to be 101, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. They warn that active children and adults, people with lung disease, including asthma, and elderly adults should limit strenuous outside activities today because of the high ozone levels.

 

This can impact nearly 50% of the population.

Who is at risk?

  •  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

How can you help reduce pollution?

  • Reduce fuel use:
    • Drive less by combining errands
    • Drive at slower speeds 
    • Postpone using gasoline-power 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 the sun
  • Find alternative methods of transportation: 
    • Walk or bike (before noon and after 6 p.m.)
    • Use public transportation
    • Carpool or Vanpool
  • Don't burn anything 

How can you reduce your exposure to pollution?

  • Plan activity when pollution levels are lower
  • Reduce the amount of time spent doing vigorous activity
  • Choose a less strenuous activity