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Help protect yourself from ozone pollution this summer

A daily alert from SkyCast can help Kansas Citians make informed decisions about exposure to high ozone levels.

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We love summer, but did you know that warm weather also means we’re in the most active part of ozone season? Ozone is one of the most common air pollutants, and prolonged exposure can lead to short- and long-term health issues.

Sign up for SkyCast, which sends free forecasts of air quality conditions expected for the next day, ranging from green (no health impact) to red (unhealthy for everyone.) An Ozone Alert is issued when the SkyCast is orange or red.

Read: With daily forecasts, SkyCast can help you avoid unnecessary exposure to high ozone levels.

Want to protect your health and contribute to cleaner air on red-level days? Here are four suggestions:

  1. Walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to reduce emissions.
  2. Schedule your outdoor activities for before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  3. Wait until after sunset to fill your gas tank.
  4. Mow your lawn in the evening.

Stay informed about air quality this ozone season by receiving the SkyCast issued daily at 4 p.m. Breathe easy, Kansas City. Sign up for SkyCast.

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