The first ozone alert of the season has been issued for Thursday.
The orange alert, issued by the Mid-America Regional Council, means that weather conditions will be favorable for smog formation, and all residents should try to reduce pollution. In addition, children, seniors and those with breathing problems should limit their outdoor exposure from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to reduce pollution by carpooling, taking the bus, postponing mowing and postponing vehicle refueling. Fares for regular bus routes are reduced on Ozone Alert days, according to a MARC press release.
MARC said it’s important for Kansas City to keep ozone levels in check because too many violations of federal air-quality standards could force the area to adopt more stringent measures to reduce ozone pollution.