Air Quality & Ozone Alert in Effect for Oklahoma City and Lawton on Friday (7/12/2012)


AN AIR QUALITY ALERT IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY METRO AND LAWTON ON FRIDAY…

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. AN AIR QUALITY ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 13 FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY METROPOLITAN AREA AND LAWTON DUE TO CONTINUED 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 TO AVOID THE USE OF TWO CYCLE ENGINES SUCH AS LAWN MOWERS, MOTORCYCLES, WEEDEATERS, 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.

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