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Tulsa Area Ozone Alert! Season Begins

Jun 01, 2022 11:34AM ● By Shanna Warner

Tulsa Area Ozone Alert! Season Begins

Local air quality affects our health, quality of life and our economy. It can have direct effects on the lungs, and it can worsen an existing condition, such as asthma. Some people are more sensitive to air pollution than others—especially young children that are growing rapidly and older adults that have reduced immune systems.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Area contains more than one million people living in thriving communities throughout northeastern Oklahoma. Each year, these residents voluntarily unite to help keep harmful ozone levels down, protecting everyone’s health, growing businesses, cultural opportunities, economic prosperity and our exemplary quality of life.

Now in its 32nd season, the Ozone Alert! program typically runs May through September. During the summer months, weather conditions can prompt ground-level ozone formation and other pollutants to clog the air. Five monitors, located in Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Mannford, Skiatook and Tulsa, keep track of the ozone levels in the area. Keeping the region’s air clean and in compliance with the national Environmental Protection Agency standard is not only vital for health reasons, but it also promotes economic development and transportation affordability. If the national standard is not met, we may pay a higher price for gas at the pump.

When an Ozone Alert! day is issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, everyone is urged to take voluntary action to reduce ozone-forming emissions. Simple steps like refueling vehicles in the evening, driving less or putting off yardwork with gas-powered tools can make a big difference in ozone levels on that day.

Keep track of the area’s real-time ozone levels throughout the season on TulsaAirQuality.com. To receive Ozone Alerts! by text message or an email notification, visit TulsaAirQuality.com/Sign-up-for-alerts.
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