Air quality awareness week takes place today through May 3. This year... learn more about how air quality affects your health. And... find out what you can do to protect air quality where you live.
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.
Air pollution isn't just a big city problem. Poor air quality can be a problem in suburban and rural areas... too.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) helps you plan outdoor activities. Visit airnow.gov or listen to the local weather forecast to check the AQI in your area and plan accordingly. If the ozone air quality forecast is code orange tomorrow and you plan to exercise outside... reduce the health risks by running in the early morning... when ozone levels are likely to be lower.
Schools can help protect kids from poor air quality. The School Flag Program alerts parents, teachers and coaches to the AQI forecast, allowing them to adjust outdoor activities or move them inside on days when the air might not be healthy. Children and teenagers are at increased risk from air pollution: their lungs are still developing and they are more likely to have asthma. They are also more likely to be active outdoors, and they breathe in more air per pound of body weight than adults do.
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.
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