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Ozone alert issued for Rhode Island due to smog

Air pollution may seem like an everyday concern, but when smog reaches dangerous levels, quality control officials are adamant about getting the word out to raise awareness of the problem.

On July 18, the Department of Environmental Management in Rhode Island issued an ozone alert for the state, according to the Boston Globe. The goal was to educate residents on the dangers of being outside during these warnings, which signify unhealthy levels of pollution.

During ozone alerts, individuals are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation to reduce carbon emissions from cars. Young children and elderly adults are also at a high risk of breathing complications when ozone alerts are in effect. Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities until after the warning is lifted.

Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider using an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritating toxins from the atmosphere that can cause difficulty breathing.

The IQ HealthPro Plus system can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. It can be beneficial for those with allergies and asthma.