Polluted air affects our health, the growth of our vegetation, and even ends up polluting the water. For a healthier community we need to take air quality seriously. Ground-level ozone is one of our nation’s most common air pollutants. The State of the Air 2015 study (done by the American Lung Association) reported Tulsa County as having an unhealthy amount of ozone in the air. With the level of Ozone in Tulsa's air, the EPA's recommendations for the community are as follows: "sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Schedule outdoor activities in the morning when ozone is lower. Consider moving activities indoors. People with asthma must keep quick-relief medicine handy. The rest of the population should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Take more breaks, do less intense activities. Schedule outdoor activities in the morning when ozone is lower."
Tulsa ranks 12th out of United States cities with the most polluted air. Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, says several steps needs to be taken to improve the air we breath including the strengthening of what he contends are outdated ozone standards.
A few more tips on how to help reduce Tulsa's ground-level ozone:
• Turn off lights you are not using
• Drive less: carpool, use public transportation, bike or walk
• Keep your engine tuned, and don’t let your engine idle
• When refueling: stop when the pump shuts off, avoid spilling fuel, and tighten your gas cap
• Inflate tires to the recommended pressure
• Use low-VOC paint and cleaning products, and seal and store them so they can’t evaporate
• Watch for Air Quality Action Days in your area