Cool it with the Lawnmower this Summer
May 07, 2014 01:33AM
With the hot Texas summer approaching, the North Texas Ozone forecast season which began March 1, will be active until October 31. As temperatures rise and April showers subside, lawns begin to really need care. However, traditional gasoline-powered lawn equipment is responsible for emitting high levels of harmful emissions into the ozone. The Air North Texas campaign, a program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, offers tips on how to take of our air and lawns on Air Pollution Action Days, when air quality has reach dangerous levels and the North Central Texas Council of Governments issues alerts.
Harmful pollutants emitted by lawn equipment, combined with ground-level ozone, can put the lives of North Texas residents at risk for respiratory problems. One simple solution is to use a push mower instead of a power mower. Also, refrain from using lawn equipment during Air Pollution Action Days. Sign up for Air Pollution Action Day Alerts at AirNorthTexas.org/join.asp and consider using alternative fuel lawn equipment
On average, Americans burn 800 million gallons of gas each year while providing lawn care, in addition to the 17 million gallons of gas spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment. Perhaps one of the most alarming statistics is that one gas mower running for approximately one hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time.
Keep up with Air Pollution Action Alerts via mobile APPs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at EPA.gov and the American Lung Association at Lung.org. For helpful tips and information about the air quality in North Texas, visit AirNorthTexas.org.