Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 80’s and low 90’s today, Thursday, July 7. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT-DEEP) has issued an Air Quality Action Day alert for Fairfield County today from 11 a.m.-11 p.m..

An Air Quality Action Day means that ground level ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. Thursday has also been forecast as “Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.” That means there’s an increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort in active children and adults with respiratory disease, such as asthma. The following groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:  People with lung disease, such as asthma; children and older adults; and people who are active outdoors.

When air pollution levels are predicted to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” CT-DEEP recommends residents take simple, voluntary actions:

  • Conserving electricity by setting air conditioners to 78-degrees
  • “Wait ‘til 8” to use energy intensive appliances like washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
  • Refueling your lawn mower and cutting the grass before noon
  • Driving less by carpooling, van-pooling or using public transit
  • Telecommuting if possible
  • Refueling your vehicle after dusk and never idling a vehicle unnecessarily.

For additional information, visit the CT-DEEP website.