IDEM expects high ozone levels, makes suggestions

Get out of your car and go inside rather than using the drive-thru to get your morning cup of coffee today.

The Indiana Department of Environmental management deemed today an Air Quality Action Day as high ozone levels are expected.

Ozone is made when sunlight and hot weather meet vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. The air can cause coughing and breathing difficulties, especially for kids, the elderly and anyone who has a heart or lung condition.

But reducing ozone can be as simple as making a few changes to daily habits. Walking, biking or carpooling, not putting gas in the car or mowing until after 7 p.m. and turning lights off are all ways to conserve energy and help the environment.