An Ozone Alert has been issued for Wichita and the surrounding communities beginning Friday, June 14. The atmospheric conditions are just right for high-ozone levels.
Residents and area businesses are asked to join the City in taking steps to reduce emissions on Ozone Alert Days. If everyone does a few small things, they can add up to big results.
"If you can just pick one thing for tomorrow, that would be great, you don't have to do everything, if it's I need some gas but I can wait until tomorrow or the next day or if it's turning off your car while you're waiting for someone or if you're gonna idle more than 20 seconds, turn off the car," said Tonya Bronleewe, Air Quality Specialist.
Here's what you can do to help reduce the emissions that create ozone:
· Delay mowing
· Refuel when it's cool (when it's dark)
· Stop fueling at the click
· Take your lunch to work to avoid driving during the hottest part of the day
· Turn off your car - don't idle more than 30 seconds
· Work from home or bike/walk to work
· Postpone errands or do them when it's dark and cool
· Delay painting projects
Ozone is a harmful air pollutant. Sensitive groups are children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems like asthma. Ozone usually occurs at high levels on hot, sunny, summer days with light winds. Heat and sunlight "bake" the emissions from vehicles, mowers, energy production and industries forming ozone.