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Air Quality Action Days Matter

As the temperatures rise this summer, you might be hearing more about “Air Quality Action Days,” and you may be wondering,

The Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership forecasts Air Quality Action Days. Using a color-coded scale, the forecast informs people about the predicted ground level ozone, particulate matter levels, and any precautions that need to be taken.

The Partnership encourages voluntary actions to reduce air pollution emissions, especially on Air Quality Action Days:

  • Limit your daytime driving whenever possible by taking the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or walking.
  • When you drive, minimize “cold starts” by combining trips. Most vehicle emissions occur in the first few minutes of engine operation, when the converter is cold and inefficient.
  • Refuel after dark to prevent some of the resulting gasoline vapors from becoming smog.
  • Keep your car tuned-up.

Want to learn more? Visit the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership’s website. Or sign up to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s daily weather and air quality forecast for your area.


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