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A Clean Air Day Checklist: Seven Ways to Make Our Air More Breathable

Jun 03, 2015

Today, June 3, is Clean Air Day – a great time to think about keeping the air we breathe as clean and healthy as possible. Here are a few ways you can protect your lungs from the harmful effects of air pollution and also contribute to cleaner air for everybody:

  • Check the air quality for your area at www.airhealth.ca.
  • If the air quality is poor or a smog day is forecast, stay indoors and keep the windows and doors closed. Reschedule outdoor activities if possible. Exercise indoors or in the early morning or evening when air pollution levels are lower.
  • Take public transit or carpool to cut down on the emissions you produce to get around. Consider biking or walking for shorter trips.
  • Turn off your vehicle while you wait. An idling engine produces unnecessary pollution.
  • Avoid using gas or diesel-powered gardening equipment such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers. They create high levels of air pollution.
  • Plant trees around your home. Trees “filter” air pollutants and can keep your house cooler during the summer, lowering electricity bills.
  • If you have asthma or allergies, summer triggers such as tree and grass pollen, wood smoke and air pollution can lead to difficulty breathing, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and even an asthma attack. Keep your reliever inhaler with you in case of a flare-up.

For more information about how to breathe freely this summer, call The Lung Association Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or visit www.on.lung.ca.