INDIANAPOLIS – Friday will be an Air Quality Action Day for dozens of Indiana counties.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is forecasting high ozone layers in the following areas:
- Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan and Shelby
- North Central Indiana – St. Joseph, Elkhart
- Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, LaPorte
- Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott and Washington
- Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick
Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Hoosiers who are sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high.
Vulnerable individuals–including children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions–should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.
According to IDEM, a change in daily habits can help reduce ozone. Here are recommendations from the agency:
- Walk, bike, or work from home when possible
- 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 (e.g., at a bank or restaurant drive-thru)
- Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above