As warm weather sweeps across the nation's heartland, more cities in the region are issuing ozone alerts to keep residents safe. The Tulsa metropolitan area is the latest city to send out a warning for June 15 as a result of high levels of smog, according to ABC affiliate KTUL-TV.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality announced the ozone alert in fear of high winds and warm weather carrying the air pollution across the region. Officials recommended that commuters opt for public transportation or carpooling to reduce carbon emissions.
During ozone alerts, people are also recommended to postpone outdoor activities until later in the day. The air pollution is especially dangerous to children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory conditions.
Air purifiers can clear the atmosphere in homes with HEPA filters that are designed to remove pollution from living spaces.
The IQAir HealthPro Plus can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size with its HyperHEPA filter. The product is also designed to cover up to 900 square feet of space, making it easier for homeowners to breathe.