Bad air expected through Thursday

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Today, Wednesday and Thursday are Air Quality Action Days, with the air quality forecast to be moderate — unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The main culprit is ozone, along with particle pollution, extending through today into Wednesday and Thursday.
Open burning is generally prohibited on Air Quality Action Days. Burning trash and other non-vegetative material is always prohibited. For more information and exceptions to the open burning r ule, visit and http://www.ncair. org/rules/rules/sec1900.pdf.
On moderate or code Orange days, the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children, active adults and those with heart or respiratory disease, including asthma, should limit outdoor activity.
For additional information concerning the air quality forecast including a detailed forecast discussion, please visit the following link on the NC Division Of Air Quality Web Site:
To help reduce pollution:
• Drive less: carpool, vanpool, take the bus, telecommute.
• Conserve electricity.
• Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
• Avoid idling your vehicle.
• Refuel and mow after 6 p.m.

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