by A. Grano on June 8th, 2011 at 7:00 am
The month of June is nationally recognized in the United States as “Clean Air Month.” Especially for the elderly, those with chronic lung disease, or people who suffer with asthma or allergies, healthy, fresh air is of critical importance. However, as we all know, it’s something we all need!
Even little changes in your daily routine can help to mitigate environmental pollution, a large contributor to poor air quality, as well as other factors that compromise clean air.
- Reduce your electricity usage by running large appliances less often (for example, only running the dishwasher when it is full) and turning off lights when leaving a room. Even adjusting your thermostat a degree or two can make a difference!
- Drive less. Join or form a carpool group, or walk when possible (which is also great exercise!). Compile your errands into one trip so you’re not crossing through town on multiple trips.
- Don’t smoke! In addition to harming your own health, secondhand smoke has been proven to be just as dangerous. Infants, toddlers, and people with COPD are highly vulnerable to the health risks associated with secondhand smoke, so encourage your friends and family to quit smoking to avoid exposing others as well.
- Check your indoor air quality. Research from the EPA suggests that indoor air quality can be more polluted than outdoor air! The Respiratory Alliance suggests testing your home for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
- Reduce pollen in your home. Approximately 15 million Americans suffer from asthma and 28 million from allergies, so managing pollen is a large concern for many people. Keep doors and windows closed during high pollen counts (check your weather station for updates) and take shoes off before entering the house.
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