By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Code Orange Air Quality Action Day has been issued for several counties in the Pittsburgh area.READ MORE: Crews Conducting Rescue Along Monongahela River Near 10th Street Bridge
The Department of Environmental Protection issued the code orange for Saturday. It covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.READ MORE: Wolf Administration Warns 99% Of All Wildfires Caused By People As Wildfire Season Begins In Pennsylvania
The DEP says mostly sunny skies and high temps, which are associated with a strong area of high pressure, will likely push 8-hour average ozone concentrations into the code orange range. That means there’s an unhealthy level of pollution in the air for sensitive groups of people.
“On an Air Quality Action Day, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities,” the DEP says.MORE NEWS: 'Press Play PA' Campaign Seeks To Connect People In Allegheny, Westmoreland Counties With Drug Treatment, Recovery Options
Residents are encouraged to conserve electricity by setting the air conditioning to a higher temperature, limiting engine idling and refueling trucks and cars after dusk.