|Ozone Forecast and the Air Quality Index|
|What is Ozone?|
|Ozone is a gas composed of three atoms of oxygen. Ozone occurs both in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and at ground level. Ozone can be good or bad, depending on where it is found:|
|What does the AQI mean?|
|What to do to help|
|Every day, the choices we make can increase or decrease air pollution and can protect or threaten our health. By making simple changes to our home, transportation, and consumer habits we can help reduce air pollution. |
- Drive less, especially during peak traffic periods or hot days.
- On ozone action days, delay maintenance on your home (e.g., mowing your lawn, painting, et cetera).
- Use public transportation, walk, or ride a bike.
- Shop by phone, mail or Internet.
- Combine your errands into one trip.
- Avoid revving or idling engine over 30 seconds.
- Avoid waiting in long drive-through lines. Turn off your car and go in.
- Accelerate gradually, maintain speed limit and use cruise control on the highway.
- Follow your owner's manual on recommendations for maximum economic efficiency.
- Use compact florescent lights with energy-efficiency lighting and other energy-efficient appliances.
- Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room. Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.)
- Plant deciduous trees in locations around your home to provide shade in the summer, but to allow light in the winter.
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
- Reuse materials like paper bags and boxes when you can.
- Properly dispose of household paints, solvents and pesticides. Store these materials in airtight containers.
|To contact MDEQ staff regarding ozone or the AQI, click here.|