CONTACT: Michelle Vigil
Office: (210) 207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (August 19, 2020) — The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is alerting the community of an Ozone Action Day for tomorrow, August 20th. Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution.
The San Antonio weather forecast also includes high temperatures just over 100 degrees into next week. The City of San Antonio will continue to operate cooling centers. Residents in need of respite from the heat can call 311 or visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management websites for a listing of cooling centers near them. Cooling centers will observe COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings, screening, sanitation and social distancing guidelines.
Residents need to be aware of warning signs for heat stroke that include; red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.
On Ozone Action Days, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities. If you have asthma or difficulty breathing, please stay indoors. With COVID-19 in our community, it is critical for San Antonio residents with respiratory health conditions to stay home and limit trips outside their home to those that are absolutely essential.
To help keep air quality levels healthy, residents and business are encouraged to practice certain pollution-reducing activities such as:
- Refueling vehicles after 6:00 p.m.
- Working from home (if possible), walking or riding a bicycle (early in the morning or in the evening), taking your lunch to work, and avoiding drive-thru lanes
- Conserving energy, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned
- Call 311 for heat related resources.
Residents can visit the National Weather Service website for the most current weather conditions at www.weather.gov/sanantonio. Stay tuned for further notices.