The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is urging residents to limit their outdoor activities through the middle of the week due to expected higher levels of ozone.
“On these hot summer days, you could turn off every power plant and factory, and park every car and our air would still be unsafe to breathe as a result of emissions coming from other states,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said in a statement. “While we do everything within our power at the state level to keep our air clean, it is incumbent upon the federal government to protect the health and safety of all residents regardless of where they live.”
With temperatures across Connecticut expected to be in 90s today and Wednesday, DEEP said ozone levels are likely to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
DEEP said that the elderly, children, and people with pre-existing lung or breathing issues, including asthma or bronchitis, face greater risk for acute symptoms when ozone levels are high and are advised to “limit prolonged outdoor exertion.”
Ozone levels are forecasted to peak between noon and 8 p.m. daily, DEEP said. Levels will likely drop with an expected cold front on Thursday.
DEEP said residents can help reduce ozone levels and improve air quality by carpooling or using public transportation, and by setting air conditioners to 78 degrees.
Residents can get updates by following DEEP on Twitter, visiting the agency’s website, or by calling 800-249-1234.