ALERT

So, on top of the heat index warning, the weather site I frequent is also listing an air quality warning for Ingham County. Here is the warning, in its entirety (and yes, it’s in all caps on the website… apparently, that’s how you know they are serious):

… AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR TODAY..THURSDAY JULY 21ST…

THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT HAS DECLARED TODAY… JULY 21ST… TO BE AN ACTION DAY FOR ELEVATED LEVELS OF OZONE. POLLUTANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS RANGE.

THE ACTION DAY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING MICHIGAN COUNTIES…

ALLEGAN… BARRY… CALHOUN… CLINTON… EATON… INGHAM… IONIA… JACKSON… KALAMAZOO… KENT… MUSKEGON… OTTAWA… AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.

PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ARE URGED TO AVOID ACTIVITIES WHICH LEAD TO OZONE FORMATION. THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE… REFUELING VEHICLES OR TOPPING OFF WHEN REFUELING… USING GASOLINE POWERED LAWN EQUIPMENT… AND USING CHARCOAL LIGHTER FLUID. POSITIVE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE… CAR POOLING… BIKING TO WORK [yep, between the heat and the dangerous ozone levels, you shouldn’t spend too much time outside, but you should totally bike to work]… DELAYING OR COMBINING ERRANDS AND USING WATER BASED PAINTS.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS… AND PERSONS WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASES SUCH AS ASTHMA… LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION… PLEASE SEE THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE ON THE INTERNET AT… [yes, it really does just end like this]

And you thought I was an ellipses whore. Hell, I think they just out-ellipses’d an Edward Albee play. And that’s really saying something.

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