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Level Orange Ozone Action Day Declared for Dallas-Fort Worth Area; What You Can Do to Help

Dallas-Fort Worth residents are urged to be mindful of air quality as authorities declare a Level Orange Ozone Action Day for Monday, July 24. With air pollution levels reaching concerning heights, clean air strategies are being encouraged to protect public health and the environment.

During Level Orange, certain groups, including children, older adults, and individuals with lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, are advised to limit outdoor activities. In the event that ozone levels escalate to Level Red, outdoor activity should be avoided altogether for these vulnerable populations. Additionally, everyone should exercise caution and reduce prolonged outdoor exertion to minimize exposure to harmful pollutants during these conditions.

To help combat the issue and contribute to cleaner air, local authorities are offering some practical tips and tricks for the residents to follow:

  1. Plan Commute to Avoid Congestion: Consider using the 511 DFW resource, providing real-time traffic and construction reports. This free tool, available online and as an app in both the Google Play and App Store, aids in planning efficient and less congested routes for commuting.

  2. Drive Less: Reduce vehicle emissions and save time by exploring alternative transportation options. Walking, biking, carpooling, and using public transit can significantly contribute to reducing air pollution.

  3. Vehicle Maintenance: Regularly check your vehicle's emissions to ensure it is not contributing to pollution. Annual checks by certified mechanics can help detect and address any issues. If considering a new vehicle, opting for a fuel-efficient or hybrid/electric model can make a positive impact on the environment and might also qualify for an IRS tax credit of up to $7,500.

  4. Smart Refueling: To minimize gas fumes in hotter temperatures, refuel your vehicle during cooler evenings or early mornings.

  5. Reduce Idling: Contrary to a common myth, restarting your car does not consume more fuel than idling. In fact, every hour of idling wastes around 30 percent of a gallon of fuel. Turning off your engine during prolonged stops can help conserve fuel and improve air quality.

The local authorities are requesting the public's cooperation in implementing these strategies to protect the air quality during the Level Orange Ozone Action Day. By working together to reduce pollution and minimize exposure to harmful ozone levels, the Dallas-Fort Worth community can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone.

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