SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has declared Monday, September 18, Ozone Action Day for the San Antonio area.
The committee said atmospheric conditions are expected to be conducive to high levels of ozone air pollution in the San Antonio area. This is the 11th day the community has been warned of severe pollution.
“On Ozon Action Day, young children, older adults and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities,” the statement read.
To keep the air healthy, residents and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily undertake certain activities to reduce pollution, such as:
- Fueling cars and trucks after 6:00 p.m.
- Avoid using self-service at restaurants. Turn off the vehicle while waiting.
- Turn the thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home. The optimal energy-saving temperature is 78 degrees.
- Carpool or use public transportation.