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IDEM issues Air Quality Action Day alert today and Friday

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is forecasting high ozone levels in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties and has declared an Air Quality Action Day for today and Friday.

IDEM is encouraging everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits:

* Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation.

* Avoid using the drive-through and combine errands into one trip.

* Avoid refueling your vehicle or 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 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.

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



Posted 5/24/2018




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