Tips on how to get involved in the fourth Ozone Action day of the year

Posted at 3:47 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 15:48:13-04

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments says the next Ozone Action day is scheduled for Saturday, June 25. 

As the fourth Ozone Action day approaches, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Senior Meteorologist, Jim Haywood, says Michigan can expect winds to impact the area.

"Southerly winds will push pollutants from Toledo and Detroit northward and impact a large area of southeast and east central Michigan," Haywood said.

Here are some simple things the SEMCOG says you can do to take part in keeping the air clean:

  • Delay mowing your law until evening or the next day. Exhaust from your lawn mower and other gas-powered lawn and garden equipment help form ozone.
  • When running your errands, "chain" them together to save on vehicle usage and gas. Also, think about using public transportation or walking.
  • Avoid refueling your vehicle during daylight hours. Fumes released at the gas pump contribute to ozone formation.
  • Reduce electricity use. Adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher and turn off lights, computers, and other electrical devices when not in use.

SEMCOG urges you to practice these ideas everyday of the week.

If you're interested in other actions that can help reduce pollution and save money click here.