Ozone day continues for Caddo, Bossier and Desoto Parishes

Shreveport, LA(KSLA)- Sunday has been declared as an Ozone Action Day for Shreveport. But the advisory has also been issued for Caddo, Bossier and Desoto parishes and expected tp slightly ease off on Monday.

Saturday and Sunday are Air Quality Action Days in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Thibodaux.

According to a press release by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Air Quality Index indicates that ozone will be at the orange level, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Increasing ozone levels may cause unhealthy air quality during afternoon hours. Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion.

An upper-level ridge of high pressure over Louisiana will limit vertical mixing in the atmosphere and produce sunny skies and warm temperatures, enhancing the formation of ground-level ozone. Furthermore, light and variable winds will reduce pollutant dispersion. These conditions will lead to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups ozone levels across much of southern and western Louisiana, with high-Moderate ozone levels elsewhere across the state on both days.

Monday, moderate southwesterly winds will disperse some pollutants across Louisiana.

Area residents are encouraged to take one or more of the following voluntary actions to help reduce the formation of ozone:

  • Drive less. Carpool, walk and bike, combine errands and care for your car.
  • Be sure your gas cap is on tight.
  • Refuel your vehicle, mow grass and use gas powered lawn equipment and off road vehicles after 6 p.m.
  • Postpone chores that use oil based paint, varnishes and solvents that produce flame. • If you barbeque, use an electric starter instead of starter fluid.
  • Take your lunch to work or walk to lunch
  • Conserve Energy in your home Incorporating these tips into your daily routines can make a significant difference.
  • SPREAD THE WORD by telling family, friends, co-workers and neighbors about OZONE ACTION DAYS.

For more information about current air quality and what you can do to help prevent ozone formation go to www.deq.louisiana.gov