Tulsa's Ozone Alert Expanded To Thursday

Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 7:34 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- This week's intense heat is impacting Tulsa area's air quality. An "Ozone Alert" has now been expanded to include Thursday and that means that means conditions are right for increased pollution that can affect your health.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is asking everyone to do their part to drive down emissions, especially when an ozone alert is in effect.

6/6/2009 Related story: Ozone Alert Day Ordered

The DEQ says residents with lung or heart disease are especially at risk.

Active Children, adults, and people with conditions like asthma also need to pay special attention to their bodies.

Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, sneezing, nausea, and headaches.

To help cut down on ozone, everyone is encouraged to leave the car at home. You are encouraged to walk bicycle, carpool, or ride the bus. Also if you have to drive and need gas don't refuel during the heat of day, wait until tonight.

If the yard needs mowing, try putting it off for at least another day.

The same hold true for errands, try doing them another day if you can.

All those steps will help keep the Tulsa area ozone levels down.