New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is kicking off Air Quality Awareness Week, April 28 – May 2, 2014 (http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/). This week emphasizes that you can protect your health, as well as the health of others, by paying attention to your local air quality and living a healthier lifestyle, while still enjoying outdoor activities and saving some money, all at the same time!
By making simple changes to your everyday routine, such as not letting your car idle, keeping your vehicle’s maintenance up-to-date, combining automobile trips, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, avoiding painting or cleaning on poor air quality days, and limiting outdoor activities on these days, you can reduce air pollution, lessen your impact on your health and the environment, and likely save money in the process.
NJDEP DAILY MESSAGES
New Jersey’s Air Quality Awareness Week 2014 focuses on educating the public about air pollutants and the Air Quality Index (AQI). The messages include examples of the sources of the pollutants, associated control measures, recent actions taken by New Jersey to control the pollutant, and how the AQI relates to air quality and human health. The week also highlights how even our daily routine can impact our environment. As a follow-up, there are tips and suggestions to reduce ozone and fine particle pollution. All of the week’s air quality facts and actions can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/. This site also highlights area or local events scheduled during and around Air Quality Awareness Week.
USEPA AND NOAA WEBSITES
New Jersey’s efforts coincide with a National initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The federal agencies’ facts can be found at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/. Follow this effort on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/airnow) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/airnow).
CHECK YOUR AIR QUALITY ANY DAY
Remember to check your local air quality on the NJDEP’s Air Monitoring website (http://www.njaqinow.net/) or by subscribing to EnviroFlash, (www.enviroflash.info), an online alert system, to receive air quality information straight to your email inbox or cell phone.
USEPA’s new mobile application, AIRNow (http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html), provides real-time location-specific air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day.
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