Ozone’s Effect on Our Health

It’s not good for anyone.

If you think that ground-level ozone isn’t good for anyone to breathe – you’re right. Even low levels of ground-level ozone can irritate airways and inflame the lining of the lungs.

People who spend the most time outdoors during the summer increase their exposure – including children and anyone who works outside. Even pets and animals breathe in these harmful pollutants.

Who’s most at risk?

Ground-level ozone is especially harmful to people with asthma, the elderly and the very young. This increases the risk of asthma attacks and hospitalization, aggravates emphysema and bronchitis and increases the chance of respiratory infection, even in healthy people.

What should you do?

When temperatures are on the rise, so is ground-level ozone. So be sure to stay indoors during the heat of the day. Also, be sure to check the local air quality index in planning your day and listen to local newscasts to find out when an Ozone Alert is issued.

Check Air Quality Index

The Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted your air is and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health risk. Be sure to check it daily, especially on days where temperatures approach the 80s or more.

To view the daily forecast, visit www.airnow.gov

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