Air Quality Action Days
Air Quality Action Days are usually called on hot, muggy days
with little wind, when the amount of ground-level ozone is predicted to approach
unhealthful levels and the federal standard for ozone could be exceeded. Local
television and radio stations alert the public to an ozone action day prediction. On such
days, the community can take simple, voluntary actions to help reduce the risk of
ground-level ozone. Some symptoms of
breathing ground level ozone are chest pain, coughing, nausea, throat irritation, and
congestion. It may also aggravate bronchitis, heart disease, emphysema, and
asthma. Children, senior citizens, and those with asthma or other respiratory
problems are urged to limit outdoor activities when an ozone action day is predicted.
10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Ozone Formation:
- Instead of driving, share a ride, take public transportation, walk or bike.
- Keep your car well maintained to limit excess emissions.
- If you must drive, avoid excessive idling or jack-rabbit starts, and try to consolidate errands.
- Don't refuel your car, or only do so after 7 pm.
- Avoid using outboard motors, off-road vehicles, or other gasoline powered recreational vehicles.
- Wait to mow your lawn until late evening or the next day. Also, avoid using gas powered garden equipment.
- Use latex paints instead of oil-based paints, solvents, or varnishes that produce fumes.
- If you are barbecuing, use an electric starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid.
- Limit or postpone your household chores that will involve the use of consumer products.
- Conserve energy to reduce energy needs.
EPA's AIRNOW site: displays real-time air quality data for different areas in the U.S.