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[Air quality health alerts] Code Red air quality in the Richmond area as of 4:00 pm, June 30, 2018

Code Red air quality in the Richmond area as of 4:00 pm, June 30, 2018
As of 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 30th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Red range (vadeq.tx.sutron.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities through sunset. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities through sunset. Take more breaks, do less intense activities. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick-relief medicine handy.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
— Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
— Share a ride or use public transportation.
— Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
— Avoid excessive engine idling.
— Telecommute.
— Conserve electricity.
— Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

The air quality forecast for Sunday, July 1st is code orange/unhealthy for sensitive groups for ozone in the Richmond area.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist
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