From the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the Evansville Environmental Agency
OZONE ALERT EXTENDED TO: Saturday, August 25, 2012 – conditions are expected to improve by Sunday.
The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an OZONE ALERT for Saturday, August 25, 2012 because ambient concentrations of ozone may reach or exceed the level of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone and 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.
NO OPEN BURNING is allowed during Ozone Alerts. The use of gas and charcoal grills is permitted, but we encourage postponing grilling until air quality improves. Please remember the BURN BAN is still in effect!
To do your share to protect air quality and reduce pollution levels: