Ozone Action Season Underway
Ozone is created on long sunny days when the winds are calm. In those conditions, volatile organic compounds from vehicle emissions, gas grills, lawn mowers, and spray paint hang in the air. The resulting ground level ozone (also known as smog) causes lung irritation that can be dangerous for children and anyone with asthma or other breathing problems. People who work or exercise outside should be aware of the ozone level. Ozone can also damage crops and trees.
TMACOG runs Ozone Action Season promotions encouraging people to drive less, grill only later in the evening, fill up gas tanks early in the morning or later at night, and generally reduce energy use. Look for Ozone Action messages on TARTA shelters, at Mud Hens games, on billboards, and in newspapers.
Individual efforts can make a difference. Learn more about what you can do at www.tmacog.org/ozoneactionseason.htm. Check national forecasts at www.airnow.gov. To get the local ozone forecast request to be added to the mailing list here: ENV.INFORMATION@toledo.oh.gov. During the months of May through September, ozone forecasts will be made by the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services two or more times each week predicting one of four levels of air quality conditions: Good, Satisfactory, Precautionary Measures should be taken by Sensitive Groups, and Caution.