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The steps people can take to prevent the production of ozone are to mostly … do less. Don’t drive as much, don’t use small engines like lawn mowers. Reduce use of energy around the house.

When you think of firing up the grill, do something else. Like have a nice salad. Or if you grill, use a charcoal chimney starter instead of lighter fluid.

Look for Ozone Action messages on TARTA shelters, on pedicabs, on billboards, and in newspapers.

TMACOG promotes healthy behaviors during Ozone Action Season, May through September. Ozone is created when the winds are calm and we have many hours of sunlight. In those conditions, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from vehicle emissions, gas grills, lawn mowers, and spray paint hang in the air and the heat converts them to ozone. 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.

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 two or more times each week predicting one of four levels of air quality conditions from best to worst: Good, Satisfactory, Precautionary Measures should be taken by Sensitive Groups, and Caution.

 

 


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