Be prepared for Ozone
As summer months heat
up, Ozone Alert Days could be on the rise. DHEC has a program to monitor and
alert the public of an unhealthy concentration of ozone pollution by checking
Ozone Forecast. To prepare for Ozone Alert Days, Enviroflash offers many ways to
communicate its alerts – via email of text message, Twitter, Facebook and more.
Also, check out the
following tips to help reduce ozone pollution:
- Cut back on or reschedule
strenuous outside activities. Stay
indoors in a well-ventilated or air-conditioned building. If you must be
active outdoors, try to schedule activity before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
- Drive less. Combine errands and put off less-necessary trips
for a cooler day, carpool, or use public transit. Better yet, take a
leisurely walk or bike ride, preferably early in the morning or later in
- Avoid fueling. Simply filling your vehicle with gasoline can lead
to pollution as fumes escape and tiny drips and spills occur, and gas
vapors react with heat and sunlight to form ozone. If you must fill your
tank, do so after dusk. And be sure to avoid “topping off” your tank.
- Postpone mowing. Lawn and garden equipment is responsible for significant
ozone-forming emissions. Postpone yard work that involves power equipment
until the Ozone Alert is over.