The NC Division of Air Quality says today's air quality index of 130 means the ozone level is unhealthy for sensitive groups (children, the elderly, etc.) An Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Charlotte, NC, on Monday, Jun 9.
The Charlotte air quality forecast region includes Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union, and southern Iredell Counties.
Here are tips and explanation from state authorities:
Care for the Air
--- Drive less: carpool, vanpool, take the bus, telecommute.
--- Conserve electricity.
--- Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
--- Avoid idling your vehicle.
--- Refuel and mow after 6:00pm.
Air Quality Index (AQI)
Green...........0- 50 AQI........Good air quality. No health risks are expected. Enjoy outdoor activities!
Yellow.......51-100 AQI........Moderate air quality. Air quality is okay, but unusually sensitive people may be affected, especially when the AQI nears 100.
Orange...101-150 AQI........Air quality is Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups. Children, active adults, and those with heart or respiratory disease, including asthma, should limit outdoor activity.
Red.........151-200 AQI........Unhealthy air quality. Everyone should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
Purple.....201-300 AQI........Very Unhealthy air quality. Everyone should avoid outdoor activity.