As the summer heat impacts the air people breathe on ozone alert days, there a few tips to stay healthy and save some money on commuting.
Monday is the first ozone alert of the work week and the second one for the year, according to the National Weather Service offices in Pleasant Hill, MO. Ozone alerts are issued when there is above average levels of ozone pollution expected that make air unhealthy.
The Mid-America Regional Council says people should reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.
If anyone has medical conditions, they should keep their medications close by. Also, check on others including neighbors and don't forget your four-legged furry friends.
As far as reducing pollution on ozone alert days, the Mid-America Regional Council advises to carpool, bike or use public transit like city busses. On ozone alert days, commuters can ride on city busses for $0.75.
It is also advised to avoid mowing the yard until the next green skycast is issued. In one hour, a gas-powered mower emits as much pollution as driving a newer car 140 miles.
Also, try to re-fuel vehicles after 7 p.m. or early in the morning before 10 a.m.
Cooling centers are also open across the metro for people to cool off. Anyone can visit any YMCA across the metro to seek relief from the heat.
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