Air quality alert extended through Thursday

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DENVER – Health officials extended an Ozone Action Alert until 4 p.m. Thursday for metro Denver and the greater Front Range region.

“In areas not affected by showers and thunderstorms along the Front Range in the Denver metro area, Ozone levels could climb into the unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range Wednesday from 2 PM till 11 PM,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said.

Official Air Quality Alerts

“Active children, active adults, the elderly and those with lung disease should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion between the hours of 2 PM and 11 PM on Wednesday. Ozone levels are expected to be in the Good-to-Moderate range on Thursday.”

From the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

Ground level ozone pollution is created when emissions from everyday items – such as gasoline-powered vehicles and lawn equipment, and household paints, stains and solvents – combine with other pollutants in the atmosphere on hot, summer days.

At ground level, ozone pollution is harmful to all of us, especially the young and elderly. Ozone can also trigger attacks and symptoms in individuals with pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory infections.

High levels of ozone pollution often affect healthy people who work or exercise outdoors and can cause breathing difficulties, eye irritation and reduced resistance to lung infections and colds with exposure for prolonged periods.