Dangerous Ozone Levels Continue to Rise

Dangerous Ozone Levels Continue to Rise

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(KSL News) -- Hot temperatures prompted another "no drive day." Air quality officials say the heat means rising ozone levels, which can be dangerous.

Ozone is considered an oxidizing agent. Its chemical reaction with the body can cause breathing problems. That's why the elderly, infants and people with respiratory diseases are encouraged to say inside on days like today.

Doctors say ozone may even effect a healthy person, irritating the lungs and breathing passages.

Bob Dalley, Air Monitoring Center Manager: "We each should be concerned about our individual health and the impact that pollution will have on our health. So people should be concerned and take steps to protect themselves from the effects of ozone."

The voluntary no-drive continues through Thursday.

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