The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Action Day for the San Antonio area for May 6, according to a press release.
According to a news release from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the San Antonio area May 6. This is the TCEQ’s second Ozone Action Day alert in 2022.
Metro Health said on Ozone Action Days, young children; the elderly; and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities. Those coping with asthma or difficulty breathing are urged to stay indoors, the release said.
Metro Health said it is providing tips to help ensure healthy air. Residents and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily practice certain pollution-reducing activities, including:
- Limit driving and idling. Carpool, combine errands, use public transportation, bike or walk.
- Refuel your vehicle in the late afternoon or evening, and do not top off the tank.
- Keep your vehicle maintained, including proper tire pressure.
- Keep your motorized yard equipment maintained and use in late afternoon or evening.
- Use paint and cleaning products with low or zero volatile organic compounds.
- Do not burn yard waste.
- Set a programmable thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when no one is home.
- Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher from 2-7 p.m.
- Conserve energy by unplugging appliances and electronics when you are not using them.
For more detailed information about ground-level ozone, visit www.sanantonio.gov/Health/HealthyEnvironment/AirQuality#266643445-ozone.