Ozone Action Season: May - September
Ground level ozone is most often a concern during spring and summer months in our region. From mid-May through September, the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services will monitor conditions and send out announcements forecasting air quality. Their forecasts are based on expected temperature, wind, heat, and amount of sunshine. Ozone and particulates are most likely to be problems on hot, sunny days with low winds and higher humidity. TMACOG works with the city and the EPA during Ozone Action Season to get the word out and raise awareness about ozone and other air pollutants.
The announcements will cite four levels of air quality from best to worst: Good, Satisfactory, Precautions Should be Taken by Sensitive Groups, and Caution.
Everyone is affected by ozone. Especially sensitive groups include anyone with asthma or emphysema, and young children (who breathe much more air per pound than adults). But people working or exercising outdoors should also be aware of ozone levels and try to adjust their activity and exposure.
Individual actions can reduce ozone production. Automobile use is the largest contributor to ozone. To reduce ozone production, drive less or take the bus. If you must, drive only early in the morning or later in the evening. Avoid use of other engines including lawn mowers and gasoline-powered generators. Reduce household energy use in general by turning off appliances.
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