Start of Ozone Season
By Walt Barcus

At the Dover Days celebration Saturday, DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small and members of the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware announced the beginning of ozone season and encourage Delawareans to follow air quality forecasts and take actions that will help make our air cleaner and healthier to breathe.

High levels of ozone near ground level can be harmful to people, animals and crops. When ozone levels are high, children, seniors, people with respiratory ailments and those who work or exercise outside are especially at risk. Ground-level ozone irritates lung passages and causes inflammation with symptoms that can include coughing, wheezing, headaches and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure to even low levels of ozone can trigger asthma and lead to permanent lung damage.

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