Signs of fall are beginning to show – crisp mornings, cool evenings and vibrant colors are making their debut. As the seasons change, air quality concerns change too.
The arrival of cool temperatures has some residents firing up their wood heating stoves and fireplaces to take off the chill. And, perhaps some motorists are idling their vehicles to warm it up before the morning commute.
In each of these examples, and in many more, "human activities" are contributing to air pollution. Air pollution has a health consequence, especially for our most vulnerable citizens: the young and elderly, and those suffering from respiratory and heart ailments.
Fine particles of smoke
Fine particles are microscopic in size and result from combustion, such as wood heating and driving. Fine particles remain suspended in the air for long periods of time, especially on cold, calm winter days. These microscopic particles travel deep in the lungs where they can damage lung tissue and affect breathing.
You can help
We can all play a part in reducing air pollution. Click on the categories below for clean air tips to get you started on the road to cleaner air.