POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 5:41pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — May is Air Quality Awareness Month and today was the first ozone action day of the season.
When temperatures heat up and the sun is shining unsafe levels of ozone, or harmful pollutants, can be caused.
The main reasons for this pollution problem are emissions from cars, lawn equipment, household chemicals, and even fumes from filling your gas tank.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality say more people are taking action to keep the Capitol City area's air clean.
"The air is the cleanest it’s been since the Clean Air Act,” stated Timothy Bergeron with the DEQ. “We have been recently reinstated for the 1997 ozone standard."
You can help by avoiding unnecessary driving, eliminating excessive engine idling and tuning up that lawn mower. Also, fire up the outdoor grill after 6:00 p.m. to prevent excess ozone.