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Code Orange ozone alert issued for Monday

(Source: WMC Chopper 5) (Source: WMC Chopper 5)

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and Shelby County Health Department issued a “Code Orange” Ozone forecast for Monday, May 23.

The Code Orange will cover Shelby County, Crittenden County and DeSoto County.

The Code Orange advisory means ozone levels are forecasted to exceed the standards of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The alert suggests the air will be “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” meaning active children and adults and people with respiratory difficulties should limit prolonged outdoor activities during the afternoon

High ozone levels can cause nose, eye, throat, and lung irritation and aggravate existing conditions and lead to increased potential for illness in the sensitive group.

Some tips the health department recommends during code orange ozone advisories include:

  • Refuel cars and lawnmowers after 7 p.m., avoid spills and do not “top off” tanks
  • Carpool or mass transit
  • Combine errands instead of many separate trips
  • Drive less, especially during peak hours or hot days

For more information you can call 901-222-9599 (Shelby County), 501-682-0767 or 501-661-2000 (Arkansas), or 601-961-5134 (Mississippi).

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