Air Quality Health Advisory; O&R Says Heat Watch Still In Effect

County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are alerting all residents in the Metropolitan region of an air quality health advisory in effect for today. The New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation issue health advisories when the levels of outdoor pollution may exceed air quality standards. High ozone levels are of concern so young children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing heart or lung diseases are advised to limit their outdoor activity during peak ozone hours through the early evening. In related news, Orange & Rockland Utilities has not yet lifted the Heat Watch initially issued Sunday afternoon following high temperatures causing increased electricity usage. The ConEd subsidiary projects peak usage to top 1,400 megawatts today with a high of 1,339 megawatts recorded Sunday evening. O&R is encouraging responsible use of home air conditioning during this heat wave as engineers and workers monitor the electric system for any heat-related issues. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website, electricity generation has documented environmental impact as it is mostly derived from the burning of fossil fuels. The company has listed some ways to cut personal cooling costs while staying comfortable. Utilize the timer function on central air conditioning thermostats to prevent running it all day. A ceiling fan can use up to 90 percent less energy than an air conditioner. Pull curtains closed in your home to keep the sun and heat out. For more energy tips, visit O&R’s website at

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