Ozone Action Day in Effect

Hot Temperatures and Light Winds

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has declared Wednesday, August 30, an Ozone Action Day for the City of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi will register in the lower end of the moderate range today.

People with lung diseases such as asthma and those who are routinely active outdoors for six or more hours a day may experience health effects such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea, eye and throat irritation, and lung damage. These groups should reduce exposure by choosing less strenuous activities or shortening the amount of time spent outdoors.

Here are some tips to limit ozone formation:

  • Limit driving and idling; instead, carpool, combine errands, use public transportation, bike, or walk.
  • Refuel your vehicle in the late afternoon or evening, and don’t top off the tank. Keep your vehicle maintained, including proper tire pressure.
  • Postpone yard work until after 6 p.m. Maintain your yard equipment, including changing the oil and replacing air filters regularly. Also, consider using tools without motors. Hand tools such as shears, edgers, and push reel mowers are lightweight, quiet, easy to use, and do not generate emissions.
  • Don’t burn yard waste.

For more information, go to: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/ozonefacts.html.

For media inquiries, contact Public Information Manager Robert Gonzales at 361-826-3233 or robertg8@cctexas.com.