Summer Air Quality Culprits: Ground-level Ozone and Fine Particle Pollution

Summer’s sunny skies and hot temperatures are enjoyed by many. Yet the heat and the sunshine comes at a price. Ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution can reach unhealthful levels during the summer months. We've also been hard hit lately with smoke from regional wildfires.

Why care about the air?

With every breath we take, our lungs are exposed to the world around us, filtering over 2,000 gallons of air a day. Breathing dirty air inflames and destroys lung tissue, and weakens the lungs' defenses against contaminants and infection. Air pollution also irritates the circulatory system aggravating existing cardio-vascular conditions.  

Air pollution affects us all, especially the young, elderly, and those with respiratory and heart ailments. Even healthy people can suffer when pollution levels are high. Symptoms may include watery eyes, runny nose, coughing and wheezing. Breathing dirty air is especially hard on the elderly, pregnant women, as well as young children and infants whose lungs are still developing. 

You can help!

We all have a role in maintaining clean, healthful air quality. Whether at home, at work, or somewhere in between, there are ways to reduce your contribution to air pollution during winter and all year long! Click on a category for ideas to reduce air pollution.

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