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Tips to Reduce Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency Provides the Following Tips to Reduce Your Effect On Air Pollution:


You can help reduce pollution by following these guidelines, which are especially important when ozone is expected to be unhealthy:

  • Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
  • Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
  • Defer use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment until after 6 p.m.
  • Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
  • Combine errands and reduce trips.
  • Limit engine idling.
  • Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Likewise, when the particle pollution level is expected to be unhealthy, you can help reduce pollution with these actions:

  • Reduce the number of trips you take in your car.
  • Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
  • Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.