Now that smog season has started, we’re all concerned about outdoor hangouts during high smog days. Just last week, metro Atlanta had its first Code Orange smog alert. As you know, smog is mostly made up of particle pollution and ground-level ozone, which is extremely harmful our bodies. When inhaled, it’s like a sunburn on your lungs.
But summertime in Georgia is a beautiful thing, and you shouldn’t miss out! So, here are some tips on how to continue enjoying the outdoors during high-smog days:
- Try getting outside earlier in the morning and later in the evening. The best time to go outside on a high-smog day is before 12 p.m. and after 7 p.m.
- Consider lower-intensity games and activities. If you’re a runner, try going for a walk instead. Other awesome low-intensity activities include outdoor ping-pong, foursquare, and a game of catch. Also, parks with a large amount of tree canopy are great options because trees provide purified air and great cover – so don’t be afraid to head to the park!
- Keep an eye on the air quality. A high-smog day can be dangerous if you’re unaware. So, sign up for Smog Alerts here to stay informed on the state of the air all summer long.
What do you like to do outside in the summertime? Show us your ideas in the comments below! And don’t forget to log your clean-air outdoor activities in the AirCreds tool for points and prizes!