Health officials declare ozone alert

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham health officials have declared an orange ozone alert for Wednesday and Thursday.

The level of air pollution and particulates in the air make it difficult, if not dangerous, for people with respiratory problems.

This can also include the very young and old whose lungs may not be able to withstand strong air pollution.

Dr. James Bonner, professor and asthma physician at UAB, recommends people who have breathing problems stay inside as much as possible.

Matt Lacke, with the Jefferson County Health Department, says it's also helpful if people car pool, and refrain from exercising outside.

He adds that it's important for people to avoid using machines that emit gasoline, since this can contribute to higher ozone levels.