The City of Indianapolis is calling the afternoon of Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 Knozone Air Quality Action Days.
With sunshine and warmer temperatures, ground-level ozone values are expected to trend upward beginning Monday afternoon. As a result, the air quality may become unhealthy for sensitive individuals, especially active children, the elderly, and anyone suffering from lung disease or other serious health problems.
Sensitive groups throughout Central Indiana are encouraged to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors on Knozone Air Quality Action Days. People with concerns about how air pollution affects their health should contact their doctor.
Ground-level ozone is the primary contributor to smog in urban areas. Smog is formed when emissions sources like cars and lawnmowers react with heat and sunlight.
Residents can take some simple steps to help reduce emissions that contribute to the ground-level ozone:
- Reduce vehicle idling, including in drive-thru lanes
- Use active forms of transportation (walking, biking or public transportation)
- Fill gas tanks and mow after 7 p.m.
For more information on how to help improve Central Indiana’s air quality, visit knozone.com.