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Dutchess, Ulster air quality warning Tuesday

Aug 18, 2015 12:06 am
The Daily Freeman reports that the state Department of Environmental Conservation and state Department of Health issued an air quality advisory for Ulster, Dutchess, Delaware counties, and points south to New York City for Tue., Aug. 18. In all, Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties, and New York City are warned for high ozone levels. New Yorkers are urged to:
• Use mass transit or carpool instead of driving;
• Turn off all lights and electrical appliances in unoccupied areas;
• Use fans to circulate air. If air conditioning is necessary, set thermostats at 78 degrees;
• Close the blinds and shades to limit heat build-up and to preserve cooled air;
• Limit use of household appliances. If necessary, run the appliances at off-peak (after 7 p.m.) hours. These would include dishwashers, dryers, pool pumps and water heaters;
• Set refrigerators and freezers at more efficient temperatures;
• Reduce or eliminate outdoor burning and attempt to minimize smoking.
Call the Air Quality Hotline at (800) 535-1345 or visit http://www.dec.ny.gov and http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/air/ozone.htm.
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