Air Quality Advisory For Monday, August 17th

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are alerting residents of an air quality health advisory for today for the pollutant, ozone. Ozone levels are expected to exceed national air quality standards and may cause symptoms for sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing lung or heart conditions. These individuals should reduce their outdoor exposure including physical activity until air quality conditions improve. Peak hours for ozone levels are between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Officials are recommending residents stay indoors at already air-conditioned buildings to reduce the demand for electricity consumption. Orange & Rockland has issued a Heat Watch for today projecting air-conditioning usage to rise beyond 1,300 megawatts. Engineers will be on hand to monitor distribution circuits and transformer banks in the system to address any heat-related issues that may arise. O & R will be sending out a brief survey to residents via e-mail to assess how and when customers use electricity on hot summer days. To combat the heat, it is recommended that a fan is used to cool your home as up to 90% less energy is consumed than using an air conditioner. For more tips visit the O&R website at oru.com.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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