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Be aware of health effects during ozone season

(Jun 20, 2013)

Ground‐level ozone season lasts from June 1 through Aug. 31 across the Denver metro area and northern Front Range.

During ozone season, weather conditions are prone to elevate concentrations of ground‐level ozone ‐ an air pollutant resulting from a chemical reaction between emissions factors and heat and sunlight ‐ to a level that may be unhealthy for some residents to breathe.

During ozone season, the Regional Air Quality Council, through its outreach and education program OzoneAware, issues ozone action alerts to inform metro residents when meteorologists from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expect weather conditions to lead to potentially unhealthy ozone concentrations.

The program also encourages citizens to understand how air quality affects their health and the health of their family members, and to take action to reduce their individual ozone‐causing emissions.

OzoneAware asks residents to join its Clean Air Community and pledge certain ozone‐reducing behaviors such as driving less, taking transit and mowing in the evening throughout the summer months.

OzoneAware will hold random prize drawings each week throughout the season, and those who pledge to take action will be entered to win prizes such as bicycles, electric lawn mowers and tickets to events.

Learn more about ground‐level ozone pollution, sign up to receive ozone action alerts, get tips and information about ozone reduction, pledge to the Clean Air Community and use the OzoMeter to track your ozone impact at the OzoneAware website.

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