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What You Can Do

High-Altitude "Good" Ozone

  • Make sure that technicians working on your car air conditioner, home air conditioner, or refrigerator are certified by an EPA approved program to recover the refrigerant (this is required by law).
  • Have your car and home air conditioner units and refrigerator checked for leaks. When possible, repair leaky air conditioning units before refilling them.
  • Contact local authorities to properly dispose of refrigeration or air conditioning equipment.
  • Protect yourself against sunburn. Minimize sun exposure during midday hours (10 am to 4 pm). Wear sunglasses, a hat with a wide brim, and protective clothing with a tight weave. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and 30 is better.
  • Become an advocate for The Ozone Layer-tell your friends about the importance of The Ozone Layer


Ground-Level "Bad" Ozone

  • Keep your automobile well tuned and maintained.
  • Carpool, use mass transit, walk, bicycle, and/or reduce driving, especially on hot summer days.
  • Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your car or gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment. During the summer, fill your gas tank during the cooler evening hours.
  • Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated and your wheels are aligned.
  • Participate in your local utility's energy conservation programs.
  • Seal containers of household cleaners, workshop chemicals and solvents, and garden chemicals to prevent VOC from evaporating into the air. Dispose of them properly.

We live with ozone every day. It can protect life on earth
or harm it, but we have the power to influence
ozone's impact by the way we live.