The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is forecasting high ozone levels today in the following metropolitan areas:
IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits. You can:
Anyone sensitive to poor 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.
Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather bake vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.