Ozone levels expected to exceed standards again
The Valley air basin is in an Air Alert episode through Friday, Sept. 30. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and portions of Kern.
Air Alert episodes are called when conditions may lead to ozone formation that results in exceeding health-based ozone standards. There are steps residents and businesses can take to prevent this. Reducing vehicle use is an important way to reduce these emissions.
Residents can reduce their vehicle use to minimize smog-forming emissions by:
• Carpooling or vanpooling
• Using alternative transportation including bicycling, walking and mass transit
• Linking trips (doing all your errands at once
• Eliminating vehicle idling
• Reducing your vehicle trips
Businesses can help reduce workplace-centered emissions by:
• Becoming a Healthy Air Living Partner and receiving free tools and resources for reducing emissions.
• Ordering lunch in to eliminate the need for employees to drive during lunch.
• Offering scheduling flexibility to reduce commute-time traffic.
• Making telecommuting available to employees.
For more information about Air Alerts, to subscribe to Air Alert emails, or to receive information about becoming a Healthy Air Living Partner, please visit www.valleyair.org or www.healthyairliving.com.