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Voluntary Steps in Helping Prevent Ozone

Actions that citizens, businesses and industries can take to help prevent ozone pollution.

Tips for Citizens: 10 Things You Can Do

  • Share a ride to work or school.
  • Avoid morning rush-hour traffic.
  • Walk or ride a bicycle.
  • Take your lunch to work or school.
  • Combine errands into one trip.
  • Avoid drive-through lanes.
  • Postpone refueling until after 6 p.m.
  • Don't top off your gas tank when refueling.
  • Postpone using gas engines such as lawnmowers until after 6 p.m.
  • Keep your vehicle properly tuned to keep exhaust levels low.

Tips for Business and Industry: Small Steps, Big Solutions

  • Shift work schedules to allow employees to avoid morning rush-hour traffic.
  • Allow employees to work at home (telecommuting).
  • Offer bus passes.
  • For employees who rideshare or use public transportation, provide a guaranteed emergency ride home.
  • Carpool to lunch and meetings.
  • Schedule meetings that don't require driving (meet on site or make conference calls).
  • Offer free drinks at your cafeteria to encourage employees to eat at work.
  • Postpone fueling fleet vehicles until after 6 p.m.
  • Postpone working with mowers, bulldozers, backhoes, tractors, and other two-cycle engine activities.
  • Delay painting, degreasing, tank cleaning, ground maintenance, and road repair.
  • Postpone routine flaring or venting of hydrocarbons.
  • Postpone the loading and hauling of volatile organic compound (VOC).
  • Postpone VOC-producing activities such as chemical treatment and catalyst preparation.
  • Switch loads to fired heaters or boilers with low nitrogen oxide burners.