INDIANAPOLIS — Central Indiana is looking at more heat Wednesday and air quality will be a concern.
The city of Indianapolis is declaring a Knozone Action Day.
A Knozone Action Day is meant to alert people to heightened ozone levels. As part of that, people are asked to not use gas-powered lawn equipment, avoid idling when driving gas-powered vehicles and wait on refueling gas-powered vehicles and equipment until after 7 p.m.
Increased ozone levels pose a health risk to active children, the elderly, and anyone suffering from asthma, lung disease, COVID-19, or other serious health problems.
The Office of Public Health and Safety also offered the following tips for Knozone Action Days:
- Stay hydrated. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol and caffeine can lead to dehydration.
- Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and those without access to air conditioning.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- When outside, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned room.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.
- Look before you lock! Pay special attention when locking up vehicles to ensure no children or pets are left inside. Temperatures inside a car can become lethal in a matter of minutes.
- Bring pets indoors and ensure they have plenty of water to drink.
- Carry an umbrella for immediate shade while out enjoying festivities.