MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ - Maricopa County Air has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory this July. The advisory shared some tips to reduce ground-level ozone by Clean Air Make More, an initiative by Maricopa County to create an area with cleaner air.
Ground-level ozone is a result of a chemical reaction between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds or VOC under the heat from the sun. You can choose more efficient and low-polluting vehicles such as hybrid vehicles, hydrogen-fueled, or fully electric ones instead of internal combustion engines.
Avoid long lines at drive-through fast-food restaurants and keep your vehicle maintenanced regularly since it will create a more efficient combusting resulting in cleaner exhaust gas. Keeping your tire pressure properly inflated and aligned will also make your vehicle more efficient.
You can also choose to walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation to reduce even more pollutants. However, if there is a high pollution notice issued, reduce heavy outdoor activities especially for those who have asthma.
To further reduce the chance of polluting the air, start using a rake or broom instead of leaf blowers or gas-powered lawn and garden equipment and replace your wood-burning fireplace with ones fueled by natural gas.
Choose "green electricity" products by low pollution or zero-pollution facilities and other home products with less and recyclable packaging. Replace your disposable battery with rechargeable ones for frequently-used devices.
You can start to use low-VOC or water-based paints, paint strippers, finishes, and stain removers. You can also reduce the use of disposable paper and plastic bags with canvas bags.
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