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December 12, 2015

DEP issues air pollution alert for Philadelphia area Saturday

Warning follows unseasonably warm winds

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a warning concerning the air quality in the Greater Philadelphia area Saturday.

According to the department, a code orange alert has been issued for Dec. 12 in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The department says a code orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people, which includes young children, the elderly and those suffering from respiratory problems.

The alert has been made due to predicted levels of particle pollution which are expected to be raised due to unseasonably warm winds in the region.

As a precaution, sensitive groups are encouraged to limit outdoor activities.

To help reduce pollution naturally, residents are encouraged to limit use of wood stoves during overnight hours, set thermostats to lower temperatures and reduce driving by carpooling, taking public transportation and combining errands to reduce trips.

The following counties have also been issued a code orange alert for Sunday, Dec. 13: Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton and York.