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Air quality advisory for Rogue Valley due to smog [Aviso sobre la calidad del aire]

Medford, Ore. – Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Tuesday for Rogue Valley due to elevated levels of ozone pollution, or smog. DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until 8 p.m. tonight.

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DEQ expects ozone pollution to reach levels this afternoon that could be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, pregnant people, older adults and people with heart disease or respiratory conditions. Health officials recommend sensitive groups limit outdoor activity when pollution levels are high.

DEQ urges residents to protect their health and limit activities that cause pollution during the heat wave. Recommendations include:

  • Limit driving by using public transit, carpooling or other alternative transportation.
  • Avoid unnecessary engine idling.
  • Refuel vehicles during cooler evening hours.
  • Postpone yard work that uses gas-powered equipment.
  • Postpone painting and aerosol spray projects.

Smog irritates the eyes, nose and lungs, and contributes to breathing problems. Consult your health care provider if these symptoms worsen.

Ozone forms when hot temperatures and low winds combine with pollution from cars, gas-powered engines and chemicals in paints and aerosols. These air pollutants react with sunlight and heat to produce ozone and haze.

Ozone pollution increases throughout the day with exposure to sunlight, so pollution levels tend to be highest during afternoons and early evenings. Air quality monitors may show good air quality in the morning, then quickly jump to unhealthy levels later in the day.

Check current air quality conditions and advisories on DEQ’s Air Quality Index or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on a smartphone.

Media contacts:

Oregon DEQ: Michael Loch, Public Affairs Specialist, michael.loch@deq.oregon.gov, 503-737-9435

Jackson County Public Health: Tanya Phillips, phillitf@jacksoncountyor.gov, 541-770-7708

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Contacts

DEQ Communications and Outreach
Michael Loch
Public Affairs
Northwest Region: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties
503-737-9435
https://www.oregon.gov/deq/





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