Fort Wayne residents participate in Air Quality Action Day

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued an Air Quality Action Day predicting high ozone levels for Saturday and Sunday.

Posted: Jun 17, 2018 7:37 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 9:49 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said just switching up a few daily habits can make a big difference.

"Mostly for me it's mainly a choice of public transportation not having a car and I've been doing that a couple of months," Dru Darnell said.

It's a lifestyle choice Darnell thinks helps the environment limiting less chemicals in the air. IDEM is encouraging people to walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation for today to reduce high ozone levels.

“Public transportation is my to and from to work. When I'm off I get on my bike it's just quicker,” she added.

Joe Johnston gave up using the car today, and took a stroll around the park instead. He is dog sitting, but is making the most out of his trip and his time outside.

“Just walking trying to keep the emissions down. It's one world. We'd like to keep it. I’m dog sitting Deuce and picking up trash. I water at night, and try not to mow during the day,”Johnston said.

Avoid refueling your car or using gas powered lawn equipment until after 7pm. Temperatures won't be as high by then to do yard work.

If you can combine errands to one trip that's highly encouraged.

If you decide to stay indoors, save energy by turning off the lights and setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above. You're helping the air and also saving some money.

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