The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an OZONE ALERT for Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2ndbecause ambient concentrations of ozone may reach or exceed the level of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range.
Within a few hours or days, exposure to higher levels of ozone can cause lung and throat irritation, shortness of breath, increase the frequency of asthma attacks and aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Children, active adults, and people with respiratory diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion especially between 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when ozone levels are highest. With few changes expected the weather, and no relief in sight over the weekend from the heat wave, there is not likely to be a significant improvement in air quality. Ozone levels are forecast to reach unhealthy for sensitive groups each day through Monday, and fine particulate levels are expected to climb over the period.
When planning any outdoor activities, please take precautions, take it slow and stay hydrated. If you experience symptoms of heat or air pollution related illness, stop what you are doing and take appropriate health and safety measures. If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pains, or an asthma attack, don’t ignore them. Seek medical advice.
The CDC has an excellent guide extreme heat prevention guide available here: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp
Here’s information from the National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
THERE ARE BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR MOST COUNTIES IN S.W. INDIANA (see http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/), INCLUDING VANDERBURGH COUNTY.
To do your share to protect air quality and reduce pollution levels:
SOURCE: Evansville EPA
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