An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, July 16, 2010).
The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today (Friday, July 16, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
the Clean Air NY Web site for more information
today is still a day when people can go about most of
their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.
Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
the effects of ozone.
Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
Days to prevent pollution:
Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
emitted from your vehicle.
Take the subway, bus or train when possible.
Postpone unnecessary trips. Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air
Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.
Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.
Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
quality is better.
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To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR
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Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.
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