Spring in Texas is in full bloom and although you might want to jump in the car and take some pictures with Bluebonnets on the side of the road, you should know Ozone Season has officially started and will stick around with us until late October.
But, don’t let that get you down because there are things you can do to stay safe and help out the environment during this year’s Ozone season.
Yesterday, Mayor Lee Leffingwell joined the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas at Austin City Hall to mark the beginning of the Ozone Season and speak with the public about reducing air emissions starting now and continuing throughout the summer.
“We are urging Central Texans to pay extra attention to ozone alerts and air quality levels this Ozone Season. Basically anything that limits your driving or electricity use will help make a positive difference in the quality of air we are breathing,” said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Just as Mayor Leffingwell said it, it’s our #1 recommendation this Ozone Season too — limit your driving and help out the environment. By using Capital Metro, one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to ride public transit instead of taking a personal car.
But what’s the big deal? –you might ask.
Actually, that’s a great question.
According to the CLEAR AIR Force, ground-level ozone is a clear, odorless gas that is harmful to human health, causing lung irritation and difficulty breathing.
It is formed when emissions from our electricity use and our vehicles “cook” on warm, sunny days with low wind,” CLEAN AIR states. “High ozone levels are a health hazard to everyone, but especially to children, the elderly, people who are active outdoors, and people with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.”
If you’re wondering what the ozone level will be this season, local meteorologists from KXAN, YNN, KVUE, Fox 7, LCRA and KEYE will notify viewers about daily air quality levels and Ozone Warnings.
Keep these facts in mind next time when you’re reaching for your car keys and think about using public transportation as another way of getting around instead.
If you don’t know what route you can take to your destination, check out our bus and rail routes at capmetro.org, and remember, you can make a difference this Ozone Season.