Monday declared an Air Pollution Action Day in Illinois. Here's what that means

In Illinois, an Air Pollution Action Day is issued when air quality is forecasted to be at or above the Orange or “Unhealthy/Sensitive Groups” category, officials said

Monday declared an Air Pollution Action Day in Illinois. Here's what that means

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency declared Monday an Air Pollution Action Day in several Chicago-area counties, citing elevated ozone levels.

The Action Day, which is the first issued this year, includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Lake,
McHenry and Will counties, according to a news release from the Illinois EPA.

In Illinois, an Air Pollution Action Day is issued when air quality is forecasted to be at or above the Orange or “Unhealthy/Sensitive Groups” category for two or more consecutive days. Similarly, an Air Quality Alert went into effect on Sunday.

According to AirNow, the Chicago area is forecast to have an Air Quality Index (AQI) between 100 and 150 on Sunday afternoon and on Monday. The AQI is measured based on five major air pollutants, including ground-level ozone, particle pollution and others. Ozone levels tend to be elevated during spells of hot weather, and more particle pollution occurs when residents use air conditioning units in their homes and businesses, officials say.

Individuals with pulmonary illnesses and other risk factors such as asthma, children and teens, older adults, and individuals who are routinely active outdoors for six or more hours per day should reduce exposure outdoors during the alert, according to officials.

Those who worry about being affected should look out for the following symptoms: wheezing, coughing, a fast
heartbeat, fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath. If symptoms worsen, you should call your doctor or 911.

People are urged to take the following steps to reduce their contributions to air pollution, especially on action days, according to the state EPA.

  • Limit Driving – combine errands, walk, or bike if possible.
  • If driving, avoid idling, consolidate errands, and keep your vehicle and other engines
    properly tuned.
  • Conserve energy to reduce energy demands.
  • Use environmentally friendly household and cleaning products.
  • Avoid using gasoline-powered equipment like lawnmowers and leaf blowers.
  • Notify colleagues, friends, and family to help protect their health and encourage actions.

OTHER NEWS

10 minutes ago

Ambulance ramping reaches 'crisis levels' as union casts doubt on improvements before next election

10 minutes ago

Stocks see worst wipeout since 2022. Here’s what might happen next.

10 minutes ago

Two key Mariners facing notable absences

10 minutes ago

The Warriors should still have championship aspirations with Stephen Curry on the roster

10 minutes ago

The best family hotels in Dorset for a relaxing stay

10 minutes ago

UK, Germany sign joint defence declaration for closer cooperation

10 minutes ago

Pérez works 6 scoreless innings, Tellez splashes a homer into the river as Pirates top Cardinals 5-0

10 minutes ago

Oregon fire is the largest burning in the US. Officials warn an impending storm could exacerbate it

10 minutes ago

Andy Murray details plans to play another sport after emotional tennis retirement

10 minutes ago

Alec Baldwin juror speaks out: ‘The case seemed to be mishandled from the get-go’

11 minutes ago

Timeline set for Van Dijk exit at Liverpool as Romano entices Edwards to sign classy replacement

11 minutes ago

NBA rejects TNT Sports' bid to match Amazon's '$1.9 billion' offer as league announces $77 billion TV rights megadeal with streamer, ESPN and NBC 'ahead of looming legal battle'

11 minutes ago

More under 30s voted for Reform than Conservative

11 minutes ago

Max Kepler's infield single in the 9th gives Twins a 5-4, walk-off win over the NL-leading Phillies

11 minutes ago

The Tech Selloff Was Ugly. It Could Have Been a Lot Worse.

11 minutes ago

Harshest penalties for Universal Credit and PIP to be scrapped by DWP

11 minutes ago

CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota's Memoir to Be Adapted for Screen By ‘Jagged Little Pill' Producers TEG+ (EXCLUSIVE)

11 minutes ago

US military detects, intercepts Russian fighter jets, 2 Chinese H-6 bombers prior to Biden's address

11 minutes ago

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton reports for training camp

11 minutes ago

Travis Kelce pushes teammate in heated skirmish during Chiefs training camp

11 minutes ago

Chauncey Billups claims Trail Blazers player posted his own dunk on social media during halftime of blowout

11 minutes ago

Trump camp denies nephew's allegation that Donald Trump used racial slur

11 minutes ago

New HIV preventive strategy sparks excitement — and protests — at AIDS conference

11 minutes ago

What young people think about the US election 'circus' and how a Trump victory could affect Australia

11 minutes ago

Naomi Osaka’s latest stop in 2024 comeback confirmed after wildcard announcement

11 minutes ago

New York tells Supreme Court to toss Missouri’s longshot bid to block Trump’s sentence

11 minutes ago

WATCH: Commanders rookie QB Jayden Daniels in action at training camp

11 minutes ago

Is AI underrated?

11 minutes ago

Sheldon Kennedy: New Oilers GM Bowman must ‘lead by example’

11 minutes ago

B.C. First Nation gets $147M from Ottawa for lost water rights 131 years ago

11 minutes ago

Meta takes down thousands of Instagram and Facebook accounts linked to sextortion

11 minutes ago

Jannik Sinner withdraws from Paris Olympics with tonsillitis

11 minutes ago

Opening day of men's Olympic soccer filled with wild outcomes

11 minutes ago

Derek Stingley and Dalton Schultz involved in Texans training camp fight

11 minutes ago

Down 45%, Is BlackBerry Stock Fairly Valued?

11 minutes ago

FIFA Disciplinary Committee opens proceedings against Canada Soccer over 'dronegate'

11 minutes ago

Elon Musk is backing Donald Trump. Could that hurt Tesla?

11 minutes ago

WATCH: Jared Wiley catches pass from Patrick Mahomes at Chiefs training camp

11 minutes ago

ESPN’s Adam Schefter talks about Jordan Love's training camp holdout

11 minutes ago

Blue Jays’ Kevin Kiermaier to retire after 2024 season