What is Air Quality Awareness Month?
The Broward County Air Quality Program is committed to protecting, restoring and enhacing the air quality in Broward County for the health and enjoyment of residents and visitors. Each May the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state and local air quality programs and local partners devote resources toward Air Quality Awareness Month public outreach activities. We all have an effect on the air we breathe by making choices about our daily activities; from driving our cars, to mowing our lawns, to our use of electricity. Air Quality Awareness Month provides a forum for focusing on these issues through various outreach activities. Air Quality Awareness Month activities include exhibits and display booths at various Broward County libraries and community events, a poster contest with the Broward County schools, educational presentations at schools and civic organizations, air quality messages through social media, and more.
As residents of Broward County we have the responsibility for protecting and preserving the air quality throughout the entire year, not just in May. For example, we can all make transportation choices for clean air, and learn about ozone and what can be done to prevent its formation. Little things like turning out your lights and keeping your car tuned properly can make a big difference in preserving and protecting the quality of our air. These actions also help reduce the impacts of climate change.
For Air Quality Awareness Month, every day of the week will focus on a different subject:
Monday: Alternative Mode Monday
Use alternative modes of transportation. Consider riding by rail, bus or vanpool.
Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of emissions in the air.
Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increasing the number of steps you take will improve your health!
Avoid the drive-thru and go inside the bank or to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. You will reduce exhaust emissions from your idling car.
Friday: Fuel After Dark Fridays
Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone. Refueling your vehicle later in the evening reduces air pollution.
Saturday: Sweep It Up Saturday
Sweep your driveway, patio or deck, and rake your yard instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.
Sunday: Cycle Sunday
Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.
Tips Individuals Can Do at Home, Work, and on the Road to Keep the Air Clean
Personal Emissions Calculator
EPA Air Quality Awarness Week website
May is also Asthma Awareness Month. Click here to learn more about asthma and take an asthma awareness survey.
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