Ozone Action Day declared for August 1, 2018

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has declared August 1, 2018 an Ozone Action Day. The area affected includes the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

Those with chronic lung disease, asthma, emphysema as well as older people and young children can be particularly sensitive to ozone and should try to avoid exposure and limit time outdoors.

The declaration means that officials are asking people to do the following today:

  • Limit Your Driving on Ozone Action Days. Walk or take your lunch to work, combine errands, ride your bicycle, share a ride or use Capital Metro (click for bus routes).
  • Avoid Idling. Skip the drive-thru lane, park and go inside instead. For information on heavy-duty vehicle idling restrictions you can go here.
  • Postpone Refueling Your Vehicle Until After 6 p.m. Also don’t top-off the tank to prevent the escape of emissions.
  • Postpone Mowing Your Lawn and Using Other Gas-Powered Equipment Until After 6 p.m.
  • Keep Your Vehicle Tuned Up and Tires Inflated. A well-maintained vehicle operates more efficiently and cleanly.

For more information you can go here.

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