Bad air quality alert issued for Wednesday and Thursday in southern, midcoast Maine

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 20, 2013, at 4:08 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Unhealthy ozone levels are expected in coastal Maine on Wednesday and Thursday, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday.

Ozone in interior Maine will likely be in the moderate range Wednesday and possibly into Thursday.

Such conditions are common during abnormally hot and humid weather.

Children, healthy adults who exert themselves and those suffering from respiratory disease may experience reduced lung function or irritation, a release from the state environmental protection agency said.

People may notice a shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation or an uncomfortable sensation in their chests.

The agency recommends that during periods of unhealthy air quality, people should adjust their schedules to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the afternoon and avoid using aerosol products such as cleaners, paints and other lung irritants.

For more information on the health impacts of extreme heat and appropriate actions to take, visit the Maine Centers for Disease Control website.

Information on an asthma action plan is available at the Maine Division of Population Health website.

For information on asthma management, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s toll-free air quality hot line is 800-223-1196.

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