Southeastern portion of the state issued ‘Air Quality Action Day’

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day for Thursday, June 27th for much of the state. It is forecasting high ozone levels for the following area counties:
– Jackson
– Jefferson
– Scott
– Washington

IDEM encourages you to reduce ozone by making simple changes to 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.