GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Hazy, hot and humid.
Action days are usually called when the Air Quality Index (AQI) gets into the unhealthy ranges, according to AIRNow.com. Different air pollution control agencies call them at different levels. In some places, action days are called when the AQI is forecast to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, or Code Orange. In this case, the groups that are sensitive to the pollutant should reduce exposure by reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. For ozone this includes children and adults who are active outdoors, and people with lung disease, such as asthma. For particle pollution this includes people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children. Occasionally, an action day is declared when the AQI is Moderate, or Code Yellow, if the levels are expected to approach Code Orange levels.
In many places, action days are called when the AQI is forecast to be Unhealthy, or Code Red. In this case, everyone should reduce exposure to air pollution, but especially the members of the sensitive group for the particular pollutant.
West Michigan is in Code Orange.
Air pollution can affect your health and the environment. There are actions every one of us can take to reduce air pollution and keep the air cleaner, and precautionary measures you can take to protect your health. Officials suggest car pooling, using public transportation, bike or walk when possible.
There will be free rides on fixed routes on The Rapid in Grand Rapids area and The MAX in the Holland-Zeeland area.
Other suggestions include refueling vehicles after dusk, combine errands and reduce trips, and use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.
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