Friday, August 03, 2007

Bad Air Day

It's an ozone alert day. This means poor air quality. I have a mild case of asthma, but these past few days I've been finding it harder & harder to breath when I am outdoors. So I think that it's another beach day.

Some info:

Ground-level ozone is formed by a chemical reaction between volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen in the presence of sunlight. Sources of VOCs and oxides of nitrogen include:
• automobiles, trucks, and buses
• large industry and combustion sources such as utilities
• small industry such as gasoline dispensing facilities and print shops
• consumer products such as paints and cleaners
• off-road engines such as aircraft, locomotives, construction equipment, and lawn and garden equipment.Ozone concentrations can reach unhealthy levels when the weather is hot and sunny with relatively light winds.

Ozone Action Day tips:
•Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
•Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
•Defer use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment.
•Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
•Combine errands and reduce trips.
•Limit engine idling.
•Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offers free rides on buses and trolleys – a $1.50 value per bus trip and a $2 value per trolley ride -- on regular routes, but not special routes.

It's a moderte alert day on the coast with an 85 reading. Much worse farther inland.
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