The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an OZONE ALERT for Tuesday, August 7th because 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 may be highest.
When planning 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.
Open burning bans are already in effect for southern Indiana due to drought conditions (see http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/), including Vanderburgh County. Using gas and charcoal cooking grills is permitted, but we encourage postponing grilling until air quality improves.
To do your share to protect air quality and reduce pollution levels:
SOURCE: Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and Vanderburgh County Health Department
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