AUSTIN (KXAN) — Stagnant air and high temperatures will make conditions favorable for producing potentially dangerous levels of ozone air pollution in the Austin area on Thursday.
People with chronic lung disease, such as asthma and emphysema, as well as the elderly and young children, are particularly sensitive to ozone and should attempt to avoid exposure by minimizing exertion outdoors.
The alert covers Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties.
You can reduce air pollution emissions by simply doing the following:
- Limit Your Driving on Ozone Action Days. Take your lunch to work, combine errands, ride your bicycle, share a ride or use Capital Metro.
- Avoid Idling. Skip the drive-thru lane and park and go inside instead. Click here for information on heavy duty vehicle idling restrictions.
- 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. A well-maintained car operates more efficiently and cleanly.