Heightened ozone levels may reduce air quality this weekend

The Douglas County Health Department is warning of increased ozone levels in the area this weekend.
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 1:30 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Douglas County Health Department says elevated ozone levels will likely cause a reduction in air quality.

Beginning Friday and through the weekend, the ozone levels are expected to rise during the day, pushing the Air Quality Index into the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category. The Air Quality Index shows the general air quality in the region, advising when to take precautions.

Those who are more sensitive to negative air conditions are advised by the health department to minimize strenuous outdoor activities in the afternoon when ozone reaches its peak hours until dusk.

While ozone is naturally in Earth’s atmosphere, the CDC says ground-level ozone can cause issues in high quantities. Ground-level ozone often forms when pollutants react in sunlight.

The health department says the public can help in keeping ozone levels low, including by not refueling vehicles during the heat of the day, waiting until temperatures start to cool before using gasoline-powered lawn equipment and using paints, thinners and cleaners carefully.