MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Health Department issued a Code Orange Air Quality Forecast Advisory for Saturday, June 10.
The advisory included the Memphis metro area, which includes Shelby, Crittenden, and DeSoto counties.
The alert means ozone levels are forecast to exceed the eight-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Active children and adults and people with respiratory issues are urged to take precautions, which can include:
- Limiting prolonged outdoor activities during afternoon hours
- Refueling cars and lawnmowers after 7 p.m., avoiding spills and not “topping off” tanks
- Carpooling or mass transit
- Combining errands instead of making several trips
- Drive less, especially during peak hours or hot days
High ozone levels can cause nose, eye, throat, and lung irritation. They can also aggravate existing conditions and lead to increased potential illness for those sensitive groups.