EUGENE, Ore. — High pollen counts in the Willamette Valley had many residents sneezing and feeling congested, and on Friday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for air pollution.
The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says the heat brings higher concentrations of ground-level smog; for some people, that can trigger health problems like asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. LRAPA says residents can help keep the air clear by driving less, avoiding gas-powered lawn equipment, and even avoiding the use of paint solvents.
The agency also says that pumping gas at night, rather than during the day, can help reduce air pollution because of the cooler temperatures.
“When we get hot weather like this in Lane County, we see an increase in ozone formation,” says Sally Markos, LRAPA’s public affairs manager. “Refueling your car after 5 p.m. is a good way to reduce the emissions. By that time, it’s cooling off and the ozone formation stops.”
LRAPA also suggests that drivers run all their errands in one trip rather than driving back and forth several times in a day.