Dangerous Air For North Texas

July 31, 2005 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Air Pollution Watch was at LEVEL RED on Sunday and that has now been extended into Monday from late morning through early evening. In other words, once the sun starts cooking in North Texas, the air becomes very unhealthy.

The problem is ground level ozone. Pollutants, but mainly exhaust from our cars have a chemical reaction with the sun and with the lack of wind, this ozone gets trapped down near the surface where we live.

It makes sense that the afternoon rush hour is especially bad given the sunlight and heat, and the amount of cars on the road.

Most at risk are very young children and the elderly; but especially those with respiratory problems. Staying in air conditioned places is best during the afternoon hours.

When we are at LEVEL ORANGE, we tell healthy people that being outside is not dangerous, but on Monday, even people in peak health should be careful during the day. For those healthy people who want to be outdoors for exercise, the early morning or after sunset is recommended.
And because of the relationship between population and driving, the counties closest to and including the metroplex are affected; those farther away from Dallas and Fort Worth do not have to worry about air quality as much.

One final way to help…Fill up your car’s gas tank after sunset and don’t top your tank off. The reason…the heat evaporates gas; bad for the air and costly to your wallets.

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