OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With the heatwave that's been hitting the area, ozone concerns are higher. According to a release from the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), ground-level ozone levels for Wednesday have been forecasted in the upper end of the moderate range of the Federal Air Quality Index by the Douglas County Health Department — qualifying it as an Ozone Action Day.
MAPA said, "Elevated ozone concentrations could pose a risk to the health of those with chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis."
To help reduce the ozone problem, MAPA suggests:
- Combining errands into a single trip when driving
- Carpooling when possible
- Reducing energy use
- Buying non-toxic cleaning materials
You can monitor air quality conditions by visiting Douglas County Health Department's Air Quality Monitoring website or the U.S. Air Quality Index website.