How Can I help CleaR the Air?
- Mow in the evening. Lawn mowers
are major pollutant producers and mowing
in the heat of the day just adds more.
- Dont paint in the heat of
the day. Avoid using oil-based
paints, solvents and varnishes. Dont
use them at all on Ozone Alert! Days.
- Go Native. You know
gardens help water quality, but
did you know native landscaping also
helps make our air cleaner and healthier?
On the road
trips multiply emissions. Carpooling,
mass transit, biking and combining errands
make for cleaner air. Driving less not
only helps save the air, it also saves
you money. See how much you'd save »
- Don't idle your car.
Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to air pollution. Studies have linked various types of vehicle emissions to asthma symptoms, cardiopulmonary disease,
lung cancer and other causes of death.
- Fuel in the evening. Filling
your gas tank during the day adds to
the buildup of pollutants. If you fuel
after work or better yet in
the evening, the fumes are dissipated
much faster. Dont gas up at all
on Ozone Alert! Days.
- Stop topping off your fuel tank. If
you "stop at the click" you
eliminate the possibility of spills and
reduce the ozone- creating fumes that
escape into the air at the same time.
When you top off, youre canceling
the effect of the anti-pollution devices
installed on gas pumps.
- Keep vehicles, lawn mowers, ATVs,
outboard motors and jet-skis running
efficiently. Regular maintenance
and oil changes can reduce emissions
by 50 percent.
the word. Talk to your
family, friends and neighbors about
air quality. If everyone takes small
steps and changes just a few habits,
Kansas City can be on its way to cleaner
- Access our public education materials »