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Health Tip: Ozone Pollution

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(HealthDayNews) -- Ground level ozone is formed when sunshine and hot temperatures react with air pollutants from cars, factories, lawnmowers, and other sources.

Ozone pollution is a potential health hazard for everyone, but it's especially dangerous for people with asthma and lung disease, says the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

Here's how you can help reduce ground-level ozone pollution on hot days:

  • Carpool, walk, bicycle or take mass transit to work.
  • Don't idle your vehicle's engine for long periods.
  • Postpone mowing your lawn or using other gas-powered equipment.
  • Wait until evening to put gas in your vehicle.
  • Plant trees.
  • Don't burn leaves or yard waste. Compost it.
  • Keep your vehicle well tuned and its tires properly inflated. This improves gas mileage.
  • Don't use lighter fluid to start your barbeque. Use an electric or chimney-type fire starter.
  • Wait until evening to use your motorboat or other gas-powered recreational vehicles.
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