By Jeff Ray

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Saturday is Clean Air Action Day, a day where all of us in North Texas are asked to think about how we can improve the air we breathe. The organization Air North Texas started the program three years ago.

Ozone is the biggest part of the air quality problem. Nitrate oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) combine with sunshine and intense heat to produce ozone in the lower levels of the atmosphere, and that is really bad for our lungs. Tailpipe emissions are among the worst offenders.

North Texas has an inherent problem. Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the United States. Just down Interstate-30 is Dallas, the 9th largest city. When the two are combined, DFW becomes the 4th largest metropolitan area in the nation. That results in a lot of people who could be producing ozone and polluting the air.

That is what inspired Clean Air Action Day. North Texans are encouraged to do one small thing to help improve local air quality on July 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — just think 7-7-7-7.

Mindy Mize with Air North Texas offered three things that people can do to

  1. Make sure vehicles are properly maintained and inspections are up-to-date.
  2. Use biking and walking trails across North Texas.
  3. Do an energy improvement project around the house.

You can read about more ways to keep air clean on the Air North Texas website. Go there for a full laundry list of things that anyone can do to help improve air quality. There are 6.5 million people in the DFW area, and just one small thing can go a long way.

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