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Another Code Red Day In Baltimore
June 28, 2010, 5:57 am
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Another Code Red Day In Baltimore

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The Baltimore City Health Department has listed another Code Red heat alert for Monday, June 28th:

June 27, 2010. Because of predicted high temperatures and potential danger according to the Baltimore Heat Watch Warning System, Interim Health Commissioner Olivia D. Farrow is declaring Monday, June 28th a Code Red Heat Alert day.

Here are some tips from Clean Air Partners for what you should do on a Code Red day to reduce your environmental impact:

  • Postpone mowing and trimming or use electric garden equipment.
  • Postpone painting or use water-based paint instead of oil-based paint.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Keep driving to a minimum.
  • Fill up your gas tank during evening hours. Avoid spilling gas and “topping off” the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
  • Carpool or use public transportation when possible.
  • Avoid long drive-through lines; instead, park your car and go in.

Best Use of New Technology: Clean Air Partners Uses Email Alerts To Help Residents Improve Baltimore Air Quality
May 26, 2009, 10:35 am
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The newly formed Clean Air Partners deserves an award for best use of new technology.  Forget your tweets, IMs and whatnot and sign up for Clean Air Partners Air Quality Alerts.  This brilliant idea was developed by a nonprofit partnership between Baltimore and Washington D.C. governments and it aims to help area residents reduce air pollution.

Joining is simple. Just go to Clean Air Partners website and sign up. When air quality is bad, a notice will be sent to you that provide helpful suggestions, such as:

  • Take public transportation or drive as little as possible.
  • Turn up your thermostat.
  • Postpone the use of gas powered garden equipment.
  • Turn off lights and unplug appliances that are not in use.
  • Do not hang out in a drive through, park and go in.

To sign up CLICK HERE and then click on “Step 1: Sign Up For Air Alerts”.  Next you will be prompted to tailor your alert system to you personal preference.  For example, you can have alerts sent to your email or phone and you can choose to receive notices daily or just when the air quality reaches code orange.  If you really want to geek yourself out on air quality info, you can even watch ozone levels hourly, if you so desire.

For teachers, there are some great downloads at Clean Air Partners website too, such as the Captain Air Smart coloring book. For those of you climate change non believers, I’ve included a diagram from NASA below showing the affects of poor air quality to help nudge you along.

NASA satellite-derived data: Ozone depletion comparison in North America from 1984-1997.

NASA satellite-derived data: Ozone depletion comparison in North America from 1984-1997.