Code Orange Air Quality July 4-6 In The Region

Wash COG says that means air is unhealthy for sensitive people.

Washington DC (KM ) The air in our region is expected to be unhealthy over the next three days. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is forecasting a code orange air quality alert for July 4th through July 6th. . That means the air will be  unhealthy for sensitive groups including older adults, children and people with heart of lung diseases.

Wash COG says the July 4th fireworks are expected to increase levels of particle pollution. The air pollution on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5th and July 6th, is expected to result from ground level ozone.

People in sensitive groups, such as older adults, children and persons with heart or lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema, are urged to limit their outdoor activities, and watch for symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath, Wash COG says.

Over the next few days, the agency  advises residents to avoid mowing lawns or use an electric mower. Also, use an electric grill instead of a gas grill, and fill up your vehicle’s gas tank after sunset.  You can also carpool, take transit or work from home.  And turn off the lights and electronics when not is use.

By Kevin McManus