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May 18 air quality advisory in effect for Southeast Michigan

An air quality advisory was announced in Southeast Michigan for May 18, the first such advisory of 2024.

The advisory, given by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), detailed that the pollution level was expected to be within a range that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

High ozone concentrations are expected in the mid-afternoon to early evening hours. Breathing in high concentrations of ozone can lead to various health problems, especially for elderly individuals, children, and individuals with asthma or other respiratory issues.

It is recommended to avoid strenuous outdoor activities if possible, particularly for those with respiratory diseases.

Activities that are recommended to avoid include refueling vehicles, using gasoline-powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid.

Activities that are positively recommended during air quality advisories include driving less, telecommuting, walking or bike riding when able, delaying or combining errands, and using water-based paints.