If an Air Quality Alert is forecast, what actions should you take? First, there’s no need to panic. Anyone who has a respiratory disease, such as asthma or COPD, or heart disease, as well as active adults and children, should take precautions and reduce their exertion while outdoors. That could mean moving exercise indoors or scaling back from a run to a jog or walk.
You may see more Air Quality Alerts this summer, as our National Air Quality Standards have gotten tighter. How can you help keep the air cleaner?
- Reduce emissions by cutting back on driving and idling.
- Combine your errands into one trip.
- Bring your lunch with you, or order in as a group to keep driving or idling at drive-throughs to a minimum.
- Check on your neighbors who have breathing problems.
- Walk or bike to your destination, or share a ride with a friend.
- Let someone else do the driving by taking TARC.
- Take a break from mowing with gas powered equipment.
As you can see, there are many ways to help out on an Air Quality Alert day, and if we all made small changes like these, together we can make a big difference in the quality of our air.