Allen County EMA issues ozone alert

LIMA — The Allen County Emergency Management Agency has issued an ozone alert for Wednesday, June 19 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To reduce ozone production, the EMA encourages carpooling; bike riding; parking vehicles in shaded areas; not mowing lawns until after the alert period; getting gas in the early morning or after 6 p.m.; and avoiding cooking out over charcoal during the alert period.

“In high concentrations, ozone may irritate the respiratory system causing throat irritation, coughing and/or difficulty in breathing. Our lungs’ ability to supply our bodies with oxygen is reduced. This is particularly a concern for children, asthmatics and other sensitive individuals,” according to Allen County’s EMA website.