Ozone Action Week helping residents to reduce ground-level ozone
High summer temperatures alongside still air can create conditions that trap pollutants and increase ground-level ozone, leading to poor air quality and unhealthy conditions, especially for those with asthma, COPD or other lung diseases.
But, there are simple steps that area residents can take to protect themselves and improve the air quality in the Baltimore area on days when the air quality is poor – referred to as Code Orange and Code Reds days based on the Air Quality Index.
To help consumers take these easy actions to improve air quality and reduce ground-level ozone during the critical summer months, Clean Air Partners is announcing its inaugural Ozone Action Week, taking place August 3-7, 2020.
Clean Air Partners has themes each day during Ozone Action Week and will provide daily information and tips around each theme that local residents can use to make their habits better for air quality, including a daily social media challenge.
“While the impacts of ground-level ozone can be unhealthy for the region and our community members— especially those with lung conditions—the steps to address ground-level ozone are actually very simple,” said Fatemeh Allahdoust, Chair, Clean Air Partners Board.
“Ozone Action Week shows BaltimoreWashington residents that it can be easy and even fun to combat groundlevel ozone during these critical summer months.”
To engage residents to get involved in Ozone Action Week, Clean Air Partners will actively promote the week’s themes and social media challenges online, including:
Monday – Cool Down – Share a photo of how you and your family keep cool and energy efficient.
Tuesday – Exercise Safe – Check today’s air quality index and select a safe workout. Share your exercise selfie.
Wednesday – Plant Smart
– Show us your CO2-breathing, air-cleaning plant babies and garden hauls.
Thursday – Travel Green – Post a picture of your green ride, whether that’s biking, walking or driving a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV).
Friday – Cook with Conscience – Show us what you’re cooking with locally sourced foods – bonus points for using a gas or electric grill instead of charcoal!