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Heartland county gets failing air quality grade

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - How safe is the air you're breathing?

A new report from the American Lung Association gave the air quality in one Heartland county an "F."

McCracken County is one of eight Kentucky counties to receive a failing grade based on ozone levels and particle pollution.

The air quality index helps determine a county's grade and consists of five categories identified by colors.

McCracken County registered 15 orange days, which are described as ozone levels unhealthy for children and adults who work or exercise outside.

Two red days were also measured in the county, which mean it's unhealthy for anyone to spend a long time outdoors.

These days may seem few considering they were recorded between 2011 and 2013, but it means people living there are among the 138 million Americans who breathe unhealthy air.

What can be done?

Experts recommend checking the air pollution regularly.

You can kind that information for your area through the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

If it's a high pollution day plan to spend more of your day indoors.

That's especially important for children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory problems.

The "State of the Air" report links some higher pollution rates to power plants and areas with high diesel traffic.

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