The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Partners for Clean Air are forecasting the air quality in Kane County will be unhealthy for sensitive groups on Wednesday, July 4, the Kane County Health Department reports.
This Air Quality Forecast means that our air quality will be unhealthy for many people, including active adults; people with heart disease; people with lung disease (including asthma) and other respiratory diseases; older adults and children. Although the general public is not likely to be affected, members of sensitive groups may experience adverse health effects. People in these groups are urged to cut back or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.
By being aware of the air quality levels, you can take precautions to protect your family. The Air Quality Forecast for your area may be viewed by visiting the Air Now website.
Take action now and start making a difference in your community. The following is a list of some actions we can take at home to improve air quality locally:
- Take public transportation, carpool, drive fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicles.
- When driving, try to plan trips in the evening, consolidate destinations and avoid idling.
- Turn off and unplug electronics when they are not in use.
- Adjust thermostats 2 degrees warmer in the summer and 2 degrees cooler in the winter
- Purchase ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and electronics.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Use environmentally friendly household products such as natural cleaners.
More information about outdoor and indoor air quality can be found by visiting http://kanehealth.com/air.htm.