In most parts of the country, summer brings hot temperatures and heat-waves. However, in certain areas, high temperatures combined with ground-level ozone can create unhealthy and dangerous conditions for humans and animals.
Whether you’re working outside, going for a lunch-time walk, or sending the kids out to play, it’s important to know that high ozone levels can result in breathing problems and aggravate lung conditions such as asthma. When temperatures are high and an ozone alert is issued, everyone should should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Automobiles, including machinery and buses, create the majority of the ozone which pollutes the air. Anything that utilizes fossil fuels contributes to the ozone problem. When ozone level reach dangerous states the Environmental Protection Agency urges the public to do the following:
– Minimize the use of automobiles by using public transportation, car-pooling, or staying indoors;
– Avoid using gasoline engines, such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and the like.
If you’d like to know how your area of the country performs in ozone readings, comprehensive data can be found on the EPA’s website.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Exposure to high ozone levels can be dangerous to your family, employees, and pets. Conserve energy and protect your health by honoring alerts when they are issued!