Air Quality in Your Community
Before you get out and about, visit AirNow.gov to check air pollution levels in your community. This is especially important if someone in your family belongs to a group that is more sensitive to air pollution, such as children, older adults, and those with heart or lung problems.
When ozone or particle pollution levels reach unhealthy levels, you and others in your community can reduce air pollution. Here’s how:
On the Road
- Choose a cleaner commute — car pool, use public transportation, bike, or walk.
- Combine errands and avoid idling your engine.
- Be sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Keep your car, boat, and other engines tuned.
- Follow refueling instructions when you fill up at the gas station so that vapors don’t escape into the air. Be careful not to spill fuel and always tighten your gas cap.
- Use paints and cleaning products that are safe for the environment.
- Conserve electricity: Set your thermostat a little higher in the summer and lower in winter. Participate in local energy conservation programs. Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying home or office equipment.
- Consider using gas logs instead of wood. Burn only dry, seasoned wood. Get more information at EPA Burn Wise
In the Garden
- Mulch or compost leaves and yard waste.
- Rake leaves instead of using a leaf blower.
- Opt for a manual lawn mower instead of electric or fuel-burning models.
- Plant more plants, especially trees.
NOAA’s Air Quality Safety page is https://www.weather.gov/safety/airquality
This article is courtesy of EPA's AirNow Program