Clear the Air During Ozone Season
Ground level ozone is a highly reactive form of oxygen that is unhealthy to breathe and can damage trees and crops. It is formed when nitrogen oxides react with volatile organic compounds in the air during very hot weather. Ground level ozone can come from a variety of sources. But, the main culprit is the automobile.
In the eight-county Charlotte region, nearly 50 percent of ozone-forming air pollution comes from on-road vehicles. Pollution from motor vehicles not only causes smog, it causes a wide range of health problems, especially among children and the elderly. That's why CATS is encouraging you to get out of your car and on board a bus, train, vanpool or a carpool. With CATS, "your ride is here."
YOU can help clear the air!
A person's carbon footprint includes all the greenhouse gas emissions associated with his or her activities. Here's what you can do to decrease those emissions.
- Act Now: Develop an ozone action plan.
- Get on Board: Ride CATS or LYNX, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk. Call 704-336-RIDE (7433) to learn how.
- Telecommute: Check out your emploryer's policy on working from home.
- Don't Drive To Lunch: Either bring your lunch from home or walk to a nearby restaurant.
- Drive It Right: When you must drive, try to plan ahead so you can combine short trips.
- Stay Tuned: Keep your car, boat and lawn equipment tuned up. Well-maintained engines emit less air pollutants.
- Wait Till Dusk: Postpone refueling and using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 6:00 pm. Ground level ozone can be created when gasoline fumes heat up.
- Don't Idle: When you do drive, avoid idling for long periods of time, avoid sudden stops and starts, and stay within the speed limit.