Arvada is somewhat unique when it comes to air quality. Because prevailing winds come in from the northwest, they send most of the Metro air quality problems to the southeast; however, ground level ozone can be worse in Arvada because we are a bit higher in elevation. Of all air quality concerns, Arvada gets hit hardest by ground level ozone. On high ground level ozone days, exercising outdoors can be difficult. The better we take care of our air, the more outdoor activities we all can enjoy without respiratory problems.
What You Can Do to Improve Air Quality
- Know when Ozone Action Days are in effect by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Quality website.
- On days when ozone is expected to be high:
- Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
- Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
- Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
- Combine errands and reduce trips.
- Limit engine idling.
- Use an electric mower, or mow early or late in the day.
- Use household, workshop and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.
- On days when particle pollution is expected to be high:
- Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
For more transportation, household and lawn and garden tips for keeping the air clean, visit AirNow.