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Safety and Preparedness

Air Quality (Ozone Alert)

What to do before (Preparedness):

  • Visit here to learn more about air quality and ozone alerts for the Tulsa metro area.
  • Drive less. Try walking, biking, carpooling, or riding the bus. If you leave your car at home one day a week, you could prevent 55 pounds of pollution each year from being emitted into our air. And think of the money you'll save on gas, parking and car upkeep.
  • Avoid long idle times. Avoid idle times longer than 30 seconds by turning off your car when you're not in traffic.
  • Bring your lunch to work. "Brown-bag-it" or walk to lunch.
  • Trip chain. Combine errands into one trip to minimize "cold starts".
  • Refuel in the evening and don't top off the tank.
  • Do your garden chores gasoline-free. Avoid gas-powered yard tools until evening - or switch to electric-powered tools.
  • Sign up to be an Ozone Alert! Coordinator

What to do during (Safety):

  • Leave your car at home. Try different ways of getting to work - like walking, biking, carpooling or riding the bus. Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Avoid idling. Walk-in rather than drive-thru.
  • Postpone refueling. If you must, do it in the evening.
  • Postpone mowing with gasoline-powered mowers.
  • Postpone errands. Do them another day.
  • Sign up for Email Alert Notifications of Ozone Alert! days.

Threat levels and suggested actions:

Level
Affects
Precautionary Actions
green light=no theat Good Air Quality

red light=elevated threat Poor Air Quality due to Ozone buildup near the ground. Follow safety actions given above or at www.ozonealert.com

Legend and Definitions


The Air Quality threat level is currently only based on the Ozone Alert issuance by the city of Tulsa. The images shown are forecast concentrations of ground level ozone.
Level
Air Quality
green light=no threatNil  good
yellow light=limited threatLimted Not used
red light=elevated threatElevated Ozone Alert is in effect. See TSAAQATSA for information.
purple light=significant threatSignificant Not used
black light=critical threatCritical Not used

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