KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mid-America Regional Council‘s Air Quality Program has issued an orange Ozone Alert for Sunday, Sept. 8.
This alert indicates that an unhealthy level of ground-level ozone, also called smog, is expected in the Kansas City area. Ozone pollution can cause a variety of problems in healthy adults, including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation and difficulty breathing. People who are sensitive to air pollution -- including children, seniors, and people with breathing or heart problems -- should limit their exposure to outdoor air between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
If you do plan to exercise outdoors, it is recommended you do it before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m., thus avoiding the middle part of the day when temperatures are hottest and air quality is usually the worst.
Runners should consider a route with several small loops rather than a single, long course. That way, if air quality starts to cause problems, you'll be able to cut your run short to protect your health. Also, avoid exercising near traffic to keep from breathing in vehicle emissions and tire particles. Finally, carry any rescue medications you might need with you during your activity.