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    Reduce Your Contribution to Air Pollution, Protect Your Health

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    April 30, 2014, 7:12:39 AM EDT

    Air Quality Awareness Week takes place from April 28-May 2, 2014. Learn more about how you can reduce your contribution to air pollution and protect your health.

    You can help protect air quality where you live. Saving energy at home, tuning up your car, taking public transit and filling your gas tank in the evening are easy ways get started. Learn more about reducing your contribution to air pollution.


    Air quality is important at every age. Are you at risk for health problems from ozone (sometimes called smog) and particle pollution? Children, people with asthma or another lung disease, healthy adults who are active outdoors, people with cardiovascular disease and people middle-aged and older may be at increased risk. Learn more about the health risks you may face.

    You can protect your health with simple changes. When the Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast reaches Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) make some simple changes to your exercise plans. Try walking instead of running, and exercise away from busy roads to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in. Learn more about air quality and your health.

    The Air Quality Index (AQI) helps you plan outdoor activities. Visit airnow.gov, download the AIRNow app, or listen to the local weather forecast to check the AQI in your area and plan outdoor activities accordingly. You can also sign up for AirNow EnviroFlash, a free service that sends air quality info to your e-mail.

    Don’t forget to check the AQI when you’re on the move. When you go on vacation or travel, check the air quality forecast for your destination. The AirCompare tool can tell you what time of year an area has the best air quality. It also allows you to compare air quality between counties, based on specific health concerns or activity level.

    Air Quality Awareness Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

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