Air Quality Alert for the Greater Nashville Area for Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Tuesday, May 16: 101 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Orange Alert Ozone
Who is affected?
- People with lung disease (including asthma), active adults and children are
most affected by ground level ozone.
- People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are most at risk
from exposure to particle pollution.
Individuals in the above groups should consider cutting back or rescheduling
strenuous outdoor activities until air quality improves. If you are sensitive
to air pollution, check with your doctor for more specific steps you should
take on Air Alert days.
Steps you can take to reduce air pollution
- Lose the car keys - Share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bring your
lunch, or walk to lunch instead of getting in your car.
- Drive smart - Combine errands, skip the drive thru, limit engine idling, and
avoid rush hour.
- Don't get fired up in the yard - Avoid using gas-powered yard equipment, and
save the grilling out for another day.
Steps you can take to protect your health
Air Quality Alert can include predicted high levels of ozone, fine particle
pollution (PM2.5), or both.
The highest ozone levels usually occur from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Middle
Tennessee, so reschedule or cut back on outdoor activities, particularly during
these times. Active children, active adults, and people with respiratory
diseases are the most vulnerable.
Unhealthy levels of PM2.5 can occur at any time during the day. People with
heart and lung disease, older adults and children are particularly at risk from
exposure to fine particles. Cut back or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities
when PM2.5 is predicted to be high.
If you want more information on the air quality forecast, or other
aspects of the local air quality program, please contact your local air
quality agency using the information above. For more information on the
U.S. EPA's AIRNow Program.