The Evansville EPA has issued its first Ozone Alert of 2017.
Local EPA Director Jacob Keating told WNIN News that the area is facing sunny, dry conditions that can elevate ozone levels.
Keating said ozone may reach unhealthy levels for “sensitive groups,” including children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory or heart conditions.
He said the best time for outdoor activities during alerts is early morning and after sunset.
Keating said if you must stay outside during the heat of the day, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
He urged everyone to take steps to reduce ozone production, like limiting driving, don't gas up until after sunset, and don't mow the lawn with a gas powered mower.
The ozone alert continues through Tuesday.