SEMCOG declares Tuesday the fifth Ozone Action day of this year

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 16:15:55-04

SEMCOG has declared that Tuesday, July 12 will be the fifth Ozone Action Day of this year.

SEMCOG, or Southeast Michigan's Council of Governments provides southeast Michigan residents with updates on weather conditions and reducing air pollution as an important focus. 

Breathing high levels of Ozone can cause multiple health problems for the elderly, children, and those with asthma, and other lung diseases.

SEMCOG's Ozone Action Day encourages residents to reduce the amount of air pollution they release into the air. 

Below are tips from SEMCOG on how to reduce air pollution during Ozone Action Day:

  • Delay mowing your lawn until evening or the next day. Exhaust from your lawn mower and other gas-powered lawn and garden equipment help form ozone.
  • Avoid refueling your vehicle during daylight hours. Fumes released at the gas pump contribute to ozone formation.
  • Consider carpooling, vanpooling, or working from home on Ozone Action days.
  • Reduce electricity use. Adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher and turn off lights, computers, and other electrical devices when not in use.

SEMCOG says the above tips are good practices for everyday life. 

For more information on Ozone Action Day and SEMCOG visit their website at: