Friday July 13, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Environmental officials are predicting heat-related unhealthy air quality for parts of New England over the next two days.

With warmer air and increased humidity, the poor air quality is predicted for Friday and Saturday in western Connecticut, southwestern through northeastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire and along the coast of Maine, from Kittery through Acadia National Park.

Exposure to elevated ozone levels can cause breathing problems, aggravate asthma and other lung diseases, and make people more susceptible to respiratory infection.

To help reduce ozone levels, environmental officials urge people to use public transportation and avoid the use of small gasoline-powered engines, such as lawn mowers and tractors, chain saws, power washers, string trimmers and leaf blowers. They also urge people to refrain from strenuous activity, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.