Air quality advisory issued because of wildfires, fireworks
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An air quality advisory has been issued for Clark County for smoke and ground-level ozone because of wildfires in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
The advisory is in effect Friday and Saturday and possibly into next week.
With the sale of fireworks starting Friday for the Fourth of July, officials are also expecting elevated smoke levels in some neighborhoods because of fireworks.
Pollution levels often increase on Independence Day and other days around holiday. Typically, pollution returns to normal levels no later than the afternoon of July 5.
Air quality officials will monitor conditions and will post an alert on the Clark County's Department of Air Quality's website page.
Here are some tips to help reduce the formation of ground-level ozone:
-- Fill up your gas tank after sunset.
-- Plan errands so they can be done in one trip
-- Try not to spill gasoline when filling up, and don’t top off your gas tank.
-- Keep your car well maintained.
-- Use mass transit or carpool.
-- Don’t idle your car engine unnecessarily.
-- Walk or ride your bike whenever practical and safe.
-- Consider low-maintenance landscaping that uses less water and doesn’t require the use of gas- powered lawn tools to maintain.
-- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Less fuel burned at power plants means cleaner air.