Thursday's ozone alert is first one of the season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thursday's ozone alert is the first of the season.

It means an unhealthy amount of "smog" is expected across the metro.

"We're getting into the hottest part of the season. The end of July and August are our busiest months. If we see an uptick now, we're starting to see ozone alert. I would anticipate more coming up for the season so far," Amanda Graor of the Mid-America Regional Council said.

The most important thing you can do to help the air quality on ozone alert days is to protect your health. Ozone pollution can cause coughing, nausea and throat irritation.

If you're worried about your health, try to stay inside as much as possible between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Mid-America Regional Council also wants you to help cut down on pollution.

You can help by carpooling, taking the bus and postponing things like mowing the grass and filling up your car with gas.

KCATA bus fare is discounted to 75 cents on ozone alert days.

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