The warmer weather has returned to West Michigan and along with it, we will start seeing more and more air quality advisories being issued for the area.

In fact, the first one of the season has already been declared.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has issued an air quality advisory for Saturday, April 18, 2024. The advisory is in effect until Sunday, April 18, 2024, at 12:00 a.m. With temperatures expected to climb over 80 degrees, it's not surprising. The advisory has been issued due to elevated levels of ozone.

What Is An Air Quality Advisory?

As previously stated, an air quality advisory is issued by EGLE when elevated levels of ozone are expected. When those levels are elevated, the atmosphere is deemed to be "unhealthy for sensitive groups".

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Which West Michigan Counties Are Under an Air Quality Advisory?

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has issued the advisory for the following counties:

  • Allegan
  • Kent
  • Ottawa
  • Muskegon
  • Van Buren

What Precautions Should Be Taken During an Air Quality Advisory?

Individuals and businesses in the above-listed counties are encouraged to avoid activities that can lead to ozone formation during Clean Air Action Days. Those activities include refueling vehicles and using gas-powered lawn equipment and charcoal lighter fluid.

People are encouraged to carpool, walk, ride a bike, delay or combine errands, and use water-based paints.

Furthermore, EGLE recommends that kids and adults with respiratory diseases like asthma limit their exertion when outside.