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IDEM extends Air Quality Action Day for all Indiana regions again today

Friday, May 25th, 2018 6:05am

By Barry Sneed Public Information Officer

Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for Friday, May 25, 2018 in the following areas: 

  • Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott, and Washington
  • Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick 
  • Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan and Shelby 
  • Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, LaPorte
  • North Central Indiana – St. Joseph, Elkhart
  • Northeast Indiana – Allen, Huntington
  • West Central Indiana – Vigo 

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits. You can:

  • 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.

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