The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is forecasting
high fine particle (PM2.5) levels in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties today
everyone to help reduce PM2.5 by making simple changes to their daily
habits. You can:
carpool or use public transportation.
•Avoid using the
drive-through and combine errands into one trip.
gas-powered lawn equipment.
by turning off lights or turning down the air conditioner.
•Turn off your
engine when idling for more than 30 seconds.
•Use gas instead
of charcoal when grilling outdoors.
to poor air quality may be affected when PM2.5 levels are high. Children,
the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid
exertion and heavy work outdoors.
weather patterns and current PM2.5 readings to make daily air quality
forecasts. To learn more about PM2.5 or sign up to receive air quality
forecasts, visit www.SmogWatch.IN.gov
composed of microscopic dust, soot, liquid droplets and smoke particles that
are 2.5 microns wide or smaller. For comparison, the human hair is 75
microns wide. PM2.5 deposits itself deep into lungs and cannot be easily
exhaled. Being exposed to PM2.5 may cause coughing and difficult breathing.
Exposure over several days may increase the chance of these symptoms.