Ozone Alert Day Called For July 28

by Jul 27, 2016Air Quality, Transportation

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has projected tomorrow will have conditions favorable to the formation of ground-level ozone air pollution. Thus, an Ozone Alert Day has been declared for:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The primary component of smog, ground-level ozone is a health risk to the general populace of Central Oklahoma but especially dangerous to children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses including asthma, diabetes and emphysema. Ground-level ozone forms when nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) chemically react with sunlight on hot, windless days. NOx and VOC emissions come from a variety of sources including our cars and trucks, construction equipment, gas-powered lawn equipment and even charcoal grills.

What You Can Do

Automobile Emissions

  • Use public transit like OKC’s EMBARK, Norman’s CART, or Edmond’s Citylink
  • Use ODOT’s Pathfinder or Google Maps traffic features to avoid idling in traffic during your commute
  • Carpool with friends or co-workers
  • Eliminate Idling (avoid drive thrus)
  • Consolidate or delay errands, bring your lunch
  • Wait until nightfall to refuel your vehicle Stop at the Click – don’t overfill your gas tank when refueling

Outdoor Activity

  • Delay lawn work with any gasoline-powered device
  • Delay outdoor burning

Conserve Energy

  • Turn home air conditioning thermostat up (preferably to 78 degrees or higher)
  • Turn off or unplug electrical devices when not in use
  • Check with your electricity provider for energy efficiency rebates or other incentives

Use This Hashtag

Use the hashtag #okieOZONEaction to show how you’re taking ozone action!

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