It is not hard to notice the pollution in the Valley. Take a look into the distance or peer out from the top of a mountain and you will likely see that nasty “layer” hanging over the city. Pollutants like nitrogen oxide more readily react with hot temperatures like those we experience here, and this produces potentially dangerous ozone. This is why it is important to know what you can do to limit your exposure as we approach summer.
Take a Proactive Approach
Stay informed. Check online for pollution advisories, no burn days, carpool promotions and opportunities. Regardless of your opinions on the green movement, ozone is dangerous, and you can make an effort to reduce it by driving to work with a friend or taking the light rail.
Curb Electricity Use
It is not an easy thing to do during an Arizona summer, as the air conditioning is a necessity and staple in nearly every home, apartment, business, restaurant, and office. But you can try doing little things like unplugging the TV when it is not in use, turning off the lights when you leave the room, or doing laundry during off-peak hours.
Plant a Tree
You can breathe a little bit easier by planting trees on your property, as mature plants facilitate oxygen into the environment. There are lots of local nurseries you can go to for advice on what to plant and how to plant it to ensure your foliage withstands those 110-degree afternoons.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality updates the latest information pertaining to pollution and ozone, so check this source and be in the know before you embark on a hiking trip or participate in an outdoor event. If you have other ideas as to how our “heated” community can stay safe from ozone this summer, get in touch via comments or Twitter!
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