|Council of Governments Forecasts Code Orange Air Quality for Metropolitan Washington Region
WASHINGTON, D.C., – The Council of Governments is forecasting Code Orange air quality for Metropolitan Washington over the next three days. On Code Orange days, ozone levels exceed EPA air quality standards. Sensitive groups like children and adults with respiratory and heart ailments, may experience health effects and should limit time spent outside.
On Code Orange days, the Council of Governments encourages area residents to take the following actions:
- Sign up for air quality alerts at www.cleanairpartners.net
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Avoid lawn mowing or use an electric mower
- Use public transit
- Do not use chemicals on your lawn and garden
Thus far this summer, there has only been one Code Orange day on June 5.
The Council of Governments is responsible for providing air quality forecasts for the metropolitan Washington region. It also educates the public about voluntary actions people can take to reduce pollution and the health risks of bad air quality through its Clean Air Partners program, which is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.
The Council of Governments is an independent, nonprofit association where area leaders address regional issues affecting the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Release Date: Jul 16, 2013
Contact: Steven Kania