OZONE FORECAST CODE ORANGE ADVISORY

OZONE FORECAST CODE ORANGE ADVISORY
For Monday, May 15, 2017

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
MEMPHIS – In cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ); the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH); and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) has issued a “Code Orange Ozone Forecast” for Monday, May 15, 2017 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” indicates ozone levels are forecast to exceed the eight-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). MATA bus and trolley fares will be discounted Monday, May 15, 2017 ONLY.
Health Precautions:
 For Active Children and Adults
 For Persons With Respiratory Difficulties
OZONE REDUCTION TIPS
RECOMMENDED DURING
“CODE ORANGE OZONE ADVISORIES”
 Limit prolonged outdoor activities during afternoon hours
 High ozone levels can cause nose, eye, throat, and lung irritation
 High ozone levels can aggravate existing conditions and lead to increased potential for illness in this sensitive group
 Refuel cars and lawnmowers after 7:00 pm, 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

Mission
To promote, protect and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents.
814 Jef fer son Avenue Memphi s, TN 38105 901 222 -9000 www.shelbytnheal th.com
Under existing Air Quality Index guidelines, ozone levels are expected to reach the
classification of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. The forecast exceedance for tomorrow is
expected as a result of stagnant conditions, increased temperatures, and decreased winds.
For more information concerning air quality, contact one of the following:
SCHD Pollution Control Program at (901) 222-9599 or www.shelbytnhealth.com;
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality-Planning and Air Quality Analysis Branch-
Air Division at (501) 682-0767 or www.adeq.state.ar.us/air/default.htm;
The Arkansas Department of Health at (501) 661-2000 or
www.healthyarkansas.com/environment/environment.html;
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality-Air Standards and Planning-Air Quality
at (601) 961-5134 or www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/Air_Ozone?OpenDocument.