Ozone season is underway!

air_quality_indexWe had a long, persistent winter, but the days are finally getting longer and temperatures are starting to rise. However, warmer temperatures bring the chance for more ozone pollution. That’s why the period from April 1 to Oct. 31 is known as “ozone season.”

Ozone pollution, also known as smog, is formed when emissions from man-made sources react in heat and sunlight. Ozone is harmful for everyone; it can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. But for children or people with breathing or heart problems, it can be dangerous.

So how do you know when ozone pollution may be a problem?

Check the SkyCast! The SkyCast is the daily, regional air quality forecast issued by the MARC Air Quality Program. You’ll see “Ozone Alerts” when our air is forecast to be poor. There are many ways you can get updates:

The most important thing to remember about ozone pollution is that you can help reduce it. Throughout ozone season we’ll post tips for helping our air, so be sure to check back for information on the small steps you can take to reduce pollution.

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