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Indianapolis declares Knozone Action Day for Wednesday

A Knozone Action Day is meant to alert people to heightened ozone levels and the health risks that come with it.
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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.

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