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Ozone Alerts: What they mean for Kansas Citians

The Mid-America Regional Council placed Kansas City under an Orange Ozone alert, encouraging citizens to stay indoors and reduce emissions where possible.

The Kansas City skyline under storm clouds

Feeling fatigued lately? It may be the local atmosphere. | Photo by @mikedayphotography

The Mid-America Regional Council placed Kansas City under an Orange Ozone Alert, urging sensitive groups — think: asthma and allergies — to stay indoors.

An orange alert represents an Air Quality Index value of 101-150. Kansas City’s air quality steadily climbed from 101 on Monday to 126 on Wednesday, indicating an increased presence of pollutants. Keep yourself safe and help improve our air quality by following the following council recommendations:

  • Walk, bike, carpool, or utilize public transit.
  • Schedule outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Avoid fueling or “topping off” your car, especially before sunset.
  • Push off yard work — lawn equipment contributes an estimated 9% of emissions.