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Record heat causes two Clean Air Action Days; Arizona smoke reaches West Michigan

June 8, 2011

Boy, it is so hot!

How hot is it?

It’s so hot, two Clean Air Action Days have been declared for West Michigan this week. Grand Rapids hit 94 yesterday, a record for June 7. Monday saw 276 cities hit record highs.

Air quality is measured as either good; moderate; unhealthy for sensitive groups; unhealthy; very unhealthy; or hazardous. Hotter weather begets unhealthier air, and unhealthier air begets health problems down the road. When air quality becomes ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups,’ a Clean Air Action Day is issued.

What kind of clean air action can you take on a Clean Air Action Day?

  • Don’t drive or refuel unless you need to.
  • Take The Rapid if you need to go somewhere. Rides on the Rapid are FREE on Clean Air Action Days!
  • If you must refuel, do so after 6:00.
  • Don’t mow the lawn – it can probably wait a day or two.
  • Don’t grill – you can barbecue those burgers another day.

Also, when it gets hot outside, don’t forget to drink PLENTY of water if you must be outside. Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re doing okay. Don’t work outside unless you absolutely must. A few people have already died in different parts of the country due to the extreme heat, so let’s all take care of ourselves and each other!

Speaking of extreme weather, check out this image. The shaded portions represent smoke from those fires in Arizona and elsewhere. (Image courtesy wunderground.com)

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