Ozone High Pollution Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning this week
Surprise, AZ (August 13, 2019) The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory for August 13 and August 14. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has extended an Excessive Heat Warning through the evening of August 15.
The heat warning is in effect for Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma Counties until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Daytime highs are expected to be anywhere from 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here are some ways to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
- Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day).
- Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
- Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside.
- Check the UV Index.
For more information, please visit the Heat Safety site.
A "High Pollution Advisory" or "HPA" means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard.
Open burning and wood burning activity is restricted in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.
Leaf blowing and off-highway vehicle activities are also restricted. Employees and contractors of government entities are prohibited from operating leaf blowers.
Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Help reduce ozone pollution in Maricopa County by taking these simple actions:
- Drive as little as possible: car pool, use public transit or telecommute. For information on transportation alternatives, visit Valley Metro: www.ShareTheRide.com
- Reduce your time waiting in long drive-thru lines. For example, at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go inside.
- Fuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours.
- Use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.
- Delay big painting projects until high-pollution advisories or health watches have passed.
- Make sure containers of household cleaners, garage and yard chemicals and other solvents are sealed properly to prevent vapors from evaporating into the air.
- Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimneys and outdoor fire pits.
- Avoid using leaf blowers.
- Conserve electricity.
For more information about the Ozone High Pollution Advisory visit www.azdeq.gov or www.cleanairmakemore.com.