• Green Tip: Air Quality Alert Days

    Posted by   |  July 8, 2016
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    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the State Department of Health (DOH) recently issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the Lower Hudson, New York City Metro, Long Island and Western areas of the State concerning the pollutant ozone.

    As New York experiences its hottest season, high temperatures lead to the formation of ground level ozone. Not to be confused with the protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere, this major component of smog can be dangerous for young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those with respiratory diseases such as asthma when ozone levels are at their highest during the day.

    On the hottest days of the summer, follow these simple steps to reduce ozone and improve air quality in New York:
    -Travel by mass transit instead of car. If you must drive, carpool to help to reduce automobile emissions which account for roughly 60 percent of pollution in cities.
    -Save yourself time, fuel and reduce exhaust emissions by combining necessary motor vehicle trips.
    -Turn off all lights and electrical appliances when you leave a room.
    -Use fans instead of air-conditioning for cooling purposes. If AC is a must, set thermostats at 78 degrees.
    -To limit heat build-up and stay cool indoors, close blinds and shades.
    -Limit the use of the household appliances. When necessary run appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, pool pumps and water heaters at off-peak hours (after 7pm).
    -Set refrigerators and freezers at more efficient temperatures.
    -Purchase energy efficient lighting and appliances which boast the Energy Star label.
    -Eliminate or reduce outdoor burning and minimize indoor sources of PM 2.5 such as smoking.

    Those most vulnerable to the pollutant should consider limiting physically strenuous outdoor activity during the afternoon and early evening when ozone levels are at their highest. Individuals suffering from shortness of breath, chest pain, or coughing should consider consulting their doctor and reduce exposure by staying indoors.

    To find out the latest air quality alerts, click here.

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