Update: RIDEM announces additional upcoming low air quality levels

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has released another advisory concerning unhealthy air quality for August 7. 

In a release from the department, RIDEM announced that elevated ground level ozone levels will result in another period of low air quality on Tuesday, August 7 during the afternoon and into the evening.

See below for our previous story on this topic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) has released a low air quality alert for August 6.

According to the release, air quality will reach unhealthy levels across Rhode Island beginning in the afternoon and continuing through the evening of August 6 due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations.

The following are some guidelines and tips citizens can use to help reduce ground ozone levels, provided by RIDEM:

1. Limit driving.  Avoid unnecessary car trips.  Carpool, walk or ride the bus or a bicycle whenever possible.

2. Minimize starts and avoid unnecessary acceleration.  Vehicle emissions are highest during starting and acceleration.

3. Reduce idling.  Avoid congested traffic and lines at drive-through windows.

4.Drive your lowest emission vehicle.  Use the most fuel-efficient, usually the newest, car you have whenever possible.

5. Maintain your vehicle.  Get a tune-up at the beginning of each summer.

6. Minimize lawn mower emissions.  Tune-up your lawn mower and use electric or hand powered equipment if possible.

7. Limit use of solvent-based household products.  Use water-based or low solvent paints, varnishes, cleaners, and personal care products.

8. Limit barbecue emissions.  Use an electric starter instead of lighter fluid to start charcoal fires, or use an electric, natural gas, or propane grill.