IDEM Calls for Air Quality Action Day for High Ozone Levels

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day for Tuesday, September 20th, due to forecasting excessive elevations of ground-level ozone. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties. IDEM actively examines weather patterns along with current ozone readings to give daily air quality forecasts. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors during this time. Everyone can help reduce ozone levels by making simple changes to their daily habits Tuesday, and every day.

>Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transportation

>Avoid the drive-through and combine errands into one trip

>Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gas-powered lawn equipment until after 7PM

>Turn off your engine when idling for more than 30 seconds

>Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above

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