Ground- level ozone is a harmful air pollutant. It affects everyone, but those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, the very young and the elderly are especially at risk when ozone levels climb.
Ground-level ozone tends to be higher during the summer months. This is because it is formed when other pollutants react chemically in the presence of sunlight and higher temperatures. Ozone can cause breathing difficulties, trigger symptoms associated with respiratory ailments like asthma and emphysema, and reduce one’s resistance to respiratory infections. Fortunately, there are steps each of us can take to reduce the risks and help reduce the ozone in the air we breathe.