As temperatures rise, so do the number of Ozone Action Days. Declared by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, these are the days when high ozone levels can cause serious health problems, and inhaling ground-level ozone is especially dangerous for people who have asthma or respiratory problems. NCTCOG asks individuals and business to be proactive and think about strategies to implement not only on the high-level days but also when planning ahead and extremely hot weather is predicted.

Suggested strategies for Ozone Action Days include:

  • Carpool to work
  • Bring lunch to work or carpool to lunch
  • Ride DART, bicycle or walk
  • Reduce idling, including during start up
  • Postpone mowing to a day that is not an Ozone Action Day
  • Drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle when driving is necessary
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated
  • Avoid grilling and burning trash
  • Conserve electricity

The City of Richardson takes steps to reduce emissions year-round, including following a Clean Fleet policy established by a resolution of the City Council in 2015.

More information and to sign up for pollutant-specific e-mail alerts: