Summer Air Quality
Summer’s sunny skies and hot temperatures are enjoyed by many. Yet the heat and sun do come at a price: ground-level ozone pollution and fine particle pollution can reach unhealthy levels during the summer months.
With every breath we take, our lungs are exposed to the world around us, filtering over 2,000 gallons of air a day. Breathing dirty air inflames and destroys lung tissue, and weakens the lungs' defenses against contaminants and infection. Air pollution also irritates the circulatory system aggravating existing cardiovascular conditions.
Air pollution affects us all, especially senior citizens, infants, and those with respiratory and heart ailments. Even healthy people can suffer when pollution levels increase. Symptoms may include watery eyes, runny nose, coughing and wheezing. Breathing polluted air is harmful to children and infants whose lungs are still developing.
You can help
We all have a role in maintaining clean, healthful air quality. Whether at home, at work, or somewhere in between, there are ways to reduce your contribution to air pollution all year long! Click on a category for ideas to reduce air pollution.