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Pollution Problems: What You Can Do

Updated May 17, 2010

By WeatherBug Meteorologist

High levels of pollution affect everyone`s health, but especially vulnerable are children, the elderly and those suffering from heart and lung disorders.

Repeated or extended exposure to air pollutants can cause inflammation of the lungs which may act to aggravate asthma or other lung ailments. Increased coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and burning upon inhalation may be your body`s way of telling you that it`s time to take action.

When the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches orange or higher the air becomes unhealthy for breathing. There are steps you can take to reduce your exposure.

Ozone concentrations are generally highest during the late-afternoon and evening hours on warm, sunny days. Avoiding strenuous outdoor activities during the heat of the day is one way to reduce pollution-related health risks. Re-scheduling exercise sessions or outdoor work to earlier in the day or to days of better air quality will go a long way in reducing your exposure.

On days when particle pollution levels are expected to be elevated, avoiding exercise near busy roadways, where vehicle emissions exacerbate the situation, is recommended.

Do your part to reduce pollutants by:

  • Car-pooling
  • Combining trips
  • Using public transportation
  • Avoiding mowing or topping off your automobile`s gas tank during the afternoon and evening hours.

The most up-to-date AQI for your area is available in WeatherBug`s Outdoor Health section. Click here for an explanation on the AQI.

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