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Code Orange Alert in Effect Monday

The warning means ozone pollution is expected to reach levels unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Code Orange Alert in Effect Monday

A Code Orange Air Alert is in effect for Prince George's County on Monday, June 11, meaning ozone pollution is expected to reach levels unhealthy for certain sensitive groups of people.

Public health officials advice that residents with lung diseases like asthma—as well as active children and adults—limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Temperatures in the Greenbelt, MD, area are expected to be near 90º on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The following Code Orange pointers are provided by the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department:

Why should sensitive groups reduce physical activity outdoors? When fine particle pollution levels reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups range, symptoms can include:

  • irritation to the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing
  • decreased lung function
  • asthma attacks
  • nonfatal heart attacks
  • risk of developing chronic bronchitis.

What can I do to reduce exposure? The most effective way to reduce exposure to high levels of pollution is to reduce time and exertion outdoors:

  • Plan strenuous activity when pollution levels are lower.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on vigorous outdoor activity.
  • Choose less strenuous outdoor activities (e.g., walk instead of jog).

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