Volume 16, Issue 14 May 13, 2019
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Maryland Legislators Aim to Extend Commitment to Renewable Energy
Editor's Note
Power and Gas Prices Change
Carbon Reduction
8 Positive Steps for Improving Air Quality
Weather
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Carbon Reduction
8 Positive Steps for Improving Air Quality
These small changes can help you breathe easier.

 

Since 1972, the American Lung Association has sponsored Clean Air Month during the month of May to educate the public about the relationship between clean air and respiratory health. Air pollution from daily activities is negatively impacting the health and environment of communities across the country and world. Fortunately, there are actions that we can all take to reduce air pollution and protect our health.

Follow these eight steps for improving air quality in and around your home:

  1. Commit to cleaner commuting by carpooling or using public transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
  2. Utilize environmentally safe cleaning products to promote better air quality indoors.
  3. Conserve electricity to energy waste.
  4. Avoid exercising when pollution levels are high.
  5. If you’re going to use a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, limit your exposure to smoke and burn dry wood that has been split, covered and stored for at least six months.
  6. Check air pollution in your area daily via airnow.gov.
  7. Plant trees to help filter and absorb carbon dioxide.
  8. Check your home for radon, which is an odorless radioactive gas that is harmful to your health.

These small changes in your daily activities can help you breathe easier.

 

Sources:
10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/air-pollution/10-tips-to-protect-yourself.html

Clean Air Month -- May 1994. (1994, April 29). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00030613.htm

 

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