Ozone health watch issued for Friday, Sept. 11

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Health Watch for Friday, Sept. 11 .

Take action during the health watch by following the tips below:

  • Find a carpool or vanpool by visiting ShareTheRide.com
  • Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, banks, etc. Park your car and go inside.
  • Fuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours.
  • Unplug unused appliances.
  • Connect your outdoor lights to a timer or use solar lighting.
  • Learn more about air pollution at CleanAirMakeMore.com or see ADEQ’s Fact Sheet: bit.ly/1KBajDs

Ground level ozone is formed by a chemical reaction that needs heat from sunlight, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds [VOCs] to form. The months of April through September make up our Valley’s longer-than-normal “ozone season.”

“Health Watch” means the highest concentration of pollution may approach the federal health standard. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion during a health watch.

“High Pollution Advisory” or “HPA” means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard. Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Maricopa County employers enlisted in the Trip Reduction Program are asked to activate their HPA plans on high pollution advisory days.

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