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Clark County issues ozone, smoke advisories

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Clark County air quality officials issued advisories for ozone and smoke Tuesday partly because of wildfires burning in southern California.

According to Department of Air Quality officials, a combination of smoke from wildfires in southern and central California has presented the potential for extra levels of pollutants in the air.

Officials explained the period holds likely weather conditions and levels of pollutants that may trigger a build-up of ozone, which is a naturally-occurring gas that protects the earth from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

At ground level, the department says, ozone is a key ingredient in urban smog during the hottest months in the area.

Unhealthy doses of ozone can reduce lung function and cause respiratory illnesses to worsen, the department said.

Officials advise during times of heightened ozone levels to restrict outdoor activity.

In addition, the department suggested these steps to help reduce ground-level ozone:

  • Fill up your gas tank after sunset.
  • Plan errands so they can be done in one trip
  • Try not to spill gasoline when filling up, and don't top off your gas tank.
  • Keep your car well-maintained.
  • Use mass transit or carpool.
  • Don't idle your car engine unnecessarily.
  • Walk or ride your bike whenever practical and safe.
  • Drive an electric or hybrid vehicle, or low-emission scooter or motorcycle.
  • Consider low-maintenance landscaping that uses less water and doesn't require the use of gas-powered lawn tools to maintain.
  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Less fuel burned at power plants means cleaner air.

For the latest air quality forecast, you can visit http://redrock.clarkcountynv.gov/forecast/.

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