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Be Air Aware

Join businesses, individuals and other local governments in committing to Be Air Aware and take specific actions on Ozone Action Days.

Review the list below and select the strategies you currently and intend to implement on the critically important Ozone Action Days. High ozone levels can cause serious health problems, and inhaling ground-level ozone is especially dangerous for people who have asthma or respiratory problems.

Be Air Aware to protect health and take action to reduce air pollution. Better air quality poses fewer health risks to residents and ensures the continued economic success of the region.

Those who commit to Be Air Aware will be notified by e-mail whenever an Ozone Action Day Alert is issued. These are usually issued a day before the potential high-ozone day.

Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Public Services
Delay opening government buildings until 9 am or later.
Limit testing of emergency generators.
Move construction activities to evening hours.
Minimize roadway maintenance and limit lane closures.
Postpone mowing to a day that is not an Ozone Action Day.
> What are Ozone Action Days?

Conserve electricity by turning off lights and computers, unplugging chargers when not in use, and increasing thermostat setting by two degrees or more.
> Tips and resources

Use natural lighting when possible.
Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Programs and Enforcement
Institute freeway incident management practices.
> Sign up for freeway incident management training
Enforce vehicle idling restrictions.
> Learn about locally enforced idling restrictions
Enforce speed limits and other driving violations that impact air quality.
Enforce emissions inspection compliance by booting or towing vehicles.
> Learn about Regional Emissions Enforcement Program training and resources
Enforce smoking vehicle law.
> What is the smoking vehicle law?
Work with schools and local employers to discourage driving to lunch.
Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Communication and Employee Initiatives
Communicate Ozone Action Day Alerts on government websites, through e-mails to employees, posted signs, intranet or other strategies.
> Copy code to embed a current ozone graphic in your web page
Encourage water conservation to save electricity.
Coordinate on-site employee lunches. (Provide lunch, organize potlucks.)
Reschedule meetings requiring travel or utilize audio and video conference call technology.
Allow employees to work from home or take vacation days.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to carpool.
> TryParkingIt.com offers ridematching and resources to get started
Encourage employees to ride mass transit. Offer incentives to offset cost.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to bicycle or walk to work.
> Bicycling and walking routes; log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Encourage employees to maintain consistent driving speed and avoid quick accelerations and heavy braking.
Encourage employees to bring lunch or carpool to lunch.
> Log miles, money saved at TryParkingIt.com
Already doing & plan to continue Plan to start doing this year Vehicle Operations
Avoid idling of on-road vehicles and non-road equipment, including construction equipment.
> Engine Off North Texas
Avoid unnecessary trips.
Reduce travel during rush hour.
> Consider compressed work weeks
Drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle when driving is necessary.
> Check fuel efficiency
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