NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An Orange level Air Quality Alert for ozone has been issued for Middle Tennessee for Tuesday.
WKRN News 2 reports that this is the first Air Quality Alert for the area this year. Ozone season officially began back in April.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is forecasting Tuesday’s ozone levels to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including those with lung disease such as asthma, children or older adults. People who are active outdoors should limit prolonged exertion outdoors on Tuesday.
The Clean Air Partnership is urging citizens to consider taking the following steps on Air Quality Alert days:
– Carpool or take the train or bus at least once a week and on air alert days.
– Combine errands into a single trip, and reduce or postpone trips in your car.
– Reduce idling: Schedule your day to avoid driving during peak traffic times, and skip the drive-thru and go inside.
– Refuel your car after dusk, when it’s cooler and ozone production has tapered off.
– Postpone the use of gas-powered lawn equipment until the air quality improves.
TDOT also posted the alert on electronic billboards throughout the area, reminding drivers to reduce trips on Air Quality Alert days.