It’s only May and the heat is on! The quality of the air we breathe can have huge implications on our health and well being. Ground level ozone is most dangerous during the hot summer months when strong sunlight and hot weather combine and react with ground level pollution. According to the American Lung Association, 58% of the US population live in areas with unhealthy ozone levels.
Unhealthy ozone levels can make it difficult to breath deeply and damage the airwaves. Children, the elderly, and those with lung disease are most vulnerable during elevated ozone days. Therefore it is important we take necessary precautions on those particular days and try to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.
We can also do our part to reduce ground level ozone by following some simple steps:
- Don’t Idle. Not only is burning gas “fuelish”, but exhaust emitted from vehicles releases carbon dioxide into the air and contributes to climate change.
- Refuel during the evening and don’t “top-off” your fuel tank.
- Postpone mowing the lawn and grilling until later in the day.
- Schedule strenuous activities for early morning or late evening.
- Register for KMM’s Ozone Action Partnership.
The New Jersey Ozone Action Partnership is comprised of hundreds of corporations, government agencies and individuals working to reduce ground-level ozone pollution and curtail its detrimental effects on our health and the environment. As a member of the Partnership, your organization will receive an email alert on days when ground level ozone pollution is in the unhealthy range along with “tips” to help reduce ground level ozone. To register for KMM’s Ozone Action Partnership, and learn more about the Anti-Idling program, visit www.kmm.org.