The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory for Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12.
Wood burning in residential fireplaces, chimeneas, outdoor fire pits, and similar outdoor fires is prohibited in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.
Employees and contractors of government entities are prohibited from operating leaf blowers. Residents are encouraged to avoid leaf blowing during HPAs.
Off-road vehicle use should be avoided.
Drive as little as possible: carpool, use public transit, or telecommute. For information on transportation alternatives, visit Valley Metro: www.ShareTheRide.com
Fuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours.
Reduce your time waiting in long drive-thru lines. For example, at coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, or banks. Park your vehicle and go inside.
Use low-VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.
Delay big painting projects until HPAs have passed.
Make sure containers of household cleaners, garage and yard chemicals and other solvents are sealed properly to prevent vapors from evaporating into the air.
Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimeneas, and outdoor fire pits.
Avoid using leaf blowers. Use a rake or broom to keep debris out of the road and away from storm drains, ditches, and streams.