EPA issues first air quality alert of the year for Knoxville

EPA issues first air quality alert of the year for Knoxville

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Tuesday brings the first Air Quality Alert of the year. The EPA issued a Code Orange for the Knoxville area because of the high concentration of ozone in the air. Tuesday brings the first Air Quality Alert of the year. The EPA issued a Code Orange for the Knoxville area because of the high concentration of ozone in the air.
"We'll see how the day goes but pretty sure we'll get outside once the sun is out. There's not too much that will keep us hiding," said Yah Ya Awolowo. "We'll see how the day goes but pretty sure we'll get outside once the sun is out. There's not too much that will keep us hiding," said Yah Ya Awolowo.
"I've been taking allergy medicine, so I'll probably double up the dose for tomorrow," Brandan Hardan said. "I've been taking allergy medicine, so I'll probably double up the dose for tomorrow," Brandan Hardan said.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tuesday brings the first Air Quality Alert of the year. The EPA issued a Code Orange for the Knoxville area because of the high concentration of ozone in the air.

The alert means active kids and adults, seniors and anyone with asthma or other lung issues should be extra careful while outside.

Lucie Redfern and her friend Mildred Hutchison both have asthma and COPD. They're concerned about the alert, but say they'll still be outside Tuesday.  

"I'm an outside person, you can't keep me inside unless I'm tied down," Hutchison said.

"I have to go out grocery shopping and stuff tomorrow and I just called my girlfriend and said 'ahh'. But we're going to be indoors most of the time so it's really not going to bother me too much I hope," Redfern said.

On top of the high ozone levels, the pollen count will also be up. People with allergies say they're prepared.

"I've been taking allergy medicine, so I'll probably double up the dose for tomorrow," Brandan Hardan said.

"I don't usually take an allergy medicine, but I may take something tomorrow just in case," said Jessica Little. 

"I'm going to do just what I do always. Take my sinus medicine and go on," Michael May said.

"We'll see how the day goes but pretty sure we'll get outside once the sun is out. There's not too much that will keep us hiding," said Yah Ya Awolowo.

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