The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is
forecasting high ozone levels on Saturday, May 31 in the following
IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making
simple changes to their daily habits. You can:
Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation.
Avoid using the drive-through and combine errands into one trip.
Avoid using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
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.
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.
IDEM examines weather
patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To
learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit
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.