Air Quality & Ozone Alert in Effect for Thursday for Oklahoma City & Lawton, OK (7/11/2012)


…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FOR OKLAHOMA CITY METRO AND LAWTON ON THURSDAY …

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR OZONE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THURSDAY JULY 12 FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY METROPOLITAN AREA AND LAWTON DUE TO EXPECTED HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF OZONE.PERSONS WITH EXISTING HEART OR RESPIRATORY AILMENTS SHOULD REDUCE PHYSICAL EXERTION AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM BY REDUCING VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED BY RIDING THE BUS, CARPOOLING OR AVOIDING UNNECESSARY TRIPS. THE PUBLIC IS ALSO ASKED TO AVOID REFUELING DURING THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS AND AVOID THE USE OF TWO CYCLE ENGINES SUCH AS LAWN MOWERS, MOTORCYCLES, WEED TRIMMERS AND OUTBOARD ENGINES. IT IS ALSO ADVISED TO LIMIT OUTDOOR BURNING. FOR HOURLY UPDATES ON CONCENTRATIONS AND POSSIBLE HEALTH WARNINGS, TELEPHONE THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT 405- 702-4100. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HEALTH EFFECTS, CALL THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA AT 405-524-8471.

TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. DESPUTE THE RAIN OF THE LAST TWO DAYS IN OKC, POLLUTANTS ARE STILL IN THE AIR. IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGIES, LIKE I DO, BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.

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