Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Ozone Season Begins

OzoneAware logo. Image credit: OzoneAware

It is OzoneAware season again in Northern Colorado. The season begins June 1st and lasts through the summer. Ozone Action Alerts are issued throughout the summer by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) when weather conditions could lead to increased ground-level ozone concentrations in the Denver and Northern Colorado region. The North Front Range MPO, the City of Fort Collins, and the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) partner each summer to spread awareness about ozone and actions residents can take to reduce ozone.

Some suggested actions people can take include:

  • Keep your car tuned and tires well inflated to increase mileage and reduce fuel use
  • Stop at the click when refueling your car or truck to limit vapors at the gas pump
  • Refuel after dusk in the summer to avoid the period of intense sunlight
  • Combine trips, take the bus, or postpone a trip during an alert if possible
  • If you use a gas-powered mower, delay lawn mowing until evening to avoid the period of intense ozone formation

  • For more information about Ozone and the OzoneAware program, visit the OzoneAware website. For more information about Ozone, visit the RAQC website.

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