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Post by GalindoP » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:12 pm

Allen County Air Quality Task Force

The level of ozone in Fort Wayne and Allen County has been forecast to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Active children and adults, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease should limit or avoid prolonged outdoor exertion while an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone is in effect. If breathing becomes difficult, go indoors and contact your health care provider.

Ground level ozone is formed when a mixture of air pollutants are cooked in the sunlight. Weather conditions used in forecasting levels of ground-level ozone include amount of sunshine, temperature, wind direction and humidity. Even at low levels, breathing ground-level ozone can trigger a variety of health problems for people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
To reduce ozone levels, everyone should:
 Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation
 Avoid using the drive-through, combine errands into one trip, and turn off the engine when idling for more than 10 seconds
 Maintain proper air pressure in tires
 Delay lawn mowing or vehicle refueling until after 7 p.m.
 Conserve electricity by turning off lights and computers when not in use
For more information on ozone, visit the IDEM Smog Watch Web site at or call 1-800-631-2871. For more air quality action steps, please visit the Clean Air Force at


John Silcox
Director of Communications
Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health
260-449-7395 (ph) 260-427-1391 (fax)

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