The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department has issued a "Code Orange Ozone Forecast" for Friday, June 30, 2006 for the Memphis Metropolitan Area.
The Memphis Metropolitan Area includes Shelby County, Tennessee, Crittenden County, Arkansas, and DeSoto County, Mississippi.
A "Code Orange Ozone Advisory" means that the ozone levels are forecast to exceed the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
The forecasted day has been designated as a NO BURN DAY in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Officials recommend the following to reduce ozone levels:
• Refuel cars and mowers after 7:00 pm
• Carpool and combine daily errands
• Drive less during peak hours or hot days
Under existing Air Quality Index guidelines, the Department expects the ozone levels to reach the classification of "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups".