Public Health Smog Alert

Published on May 25th, 2016 |

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Code Orange Smog Alerts issued for May 25 & 26, first 2016 alerts

Georgia Commute Options has issued the first “Code Orange” Smog Alert of 2016 for Wednesday, May 25, meaning that the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as older adults, children, and those who suffer from heart or lung conditions (including asthma). The organization issued another “Code Orange” Smog Alert for Thursday, May 26.GA Commute Options logo

 

Smog Alerts are color-coded based on the Air Quality Index, which categorizes air quality in Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Purple based on the concentration of pollutants. In 2015, there were five forecasted Smog Alerts and only one actual high-smog day.

 

Georgia Commute Options provides Smog Alerts on days when there’s a forecast for air pollution to reach unhealthy concentration levels — Code Orange or higher. Metro Atlanta residents can subscribe to these at GaCommuteOptions.com/SmogAlerts.

 

There are three main types of pollution: Nitrogen Oxides (NOXs), particulate matter/particle pollution, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are all mostly man-made and come from vehicle emissions.

 

When VOCs and NOXs are combined with heat and sunlight (mostly during the summer), we get ground-level ozone. When ground-level ozone is mixed with particulate matter, we get smog.

 

The majority of air pollution comes from tailpipes, so when you choose a clean commute option like carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, teleworking, biking or walking, you’re helping all breathe a little easier.

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