Clean Air Lawton
The Lawton area is a great place to live and work. We take pride in our people, businesses and natural surroundings. That's why the quality of our air is so important. It impacts our health, economic growth and overall quality of life.
In an effort to improve air quality, this website is full of information on how all of us can help and how to teach our children about the importance of clean air. The Air Quality Index (AQI), listed to the right, will be posted each day. The AQI helps you plan your day's activities. It is an easy-to-use, color-coded index that lets you know the quality of our air today. Remember anytime the AQI is in the orange, red or purple danger zone, consider adjusting your outdoor activities to reduce your exposure to air pollution.
The Air Alert/Ozone Watch days are aired on KSWO-TV, local radio stations, and the Lawton Constitution in an effort to inform the citizens of Lawton when to decrease outdoor activities. Local businesses with electronic message signs have also been asked to participate in displaying these Air Alert/Ozone Watch days.
Air Alert/Ozone Watch Day Tips
On days which reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups level on the Air Quality Index (AQI) it is recommended that active children and adults, especially those with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid outdoor activities.
You can help reduce air pollution by:
- Limiting your driving by riding the LATS ($0.75 adult fares on Air Alert/Ozone Watch days), walking, bicycling, or
- If you must drive, plan your activities so your trips can be combined. Vehicles pollute the most during the first few miles of driving, as the engine warms up. You can cut down on those “cold starts” by combining your trips.
- If you must fill your vehicle’s gas tank, do it early in the morning before temperatures heat up.
- If you must drive, turn off your auto air conditioner, at least on the way to work in the morning.
- Do not use drive-through windows where you are forced to idle.
- Make sure gas caps on autos, lawn mowers and other equipment seal properly.
- Take your lunch to work rather than driving somewhere. If you drive, go with several co-workers so fewer cars will be used.
- Abstain from using oil-based paints, solvents, cleaners or varnishes.
- Conserve energy in the house to reduce energy needs. Shut your blinds and close off rooms that do not need to be air-conditioned. Turn off unneeded lights and appliances.
- Postpone mowing or using edgers, trimmers, or other gasoline powered equipment, or use electric or manual equipment.