TRENTON – During Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey, (May 2-6), Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin urged New Jersey residents to make simple choices in their everyday lives that can help improve air quality for everyone.
In a proclamation issued Monday declaring this Air Quality Awareness week 2011, Gov. Chris Christie noted that New Jersey is a leader in controlling air pollution, and that public awareness is an important part of the effort to reduce air pollution.
“This is a great opportunity to review how our lifestyle choices can affect air quality,” Martin said. “Just by making simple choices to your everyday routine, such as maintaining your car, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, burning only dry and well-seasoned wood, and car-pooling or reducing automobile trips, you can reduce air pollution and lessen your impact on the environment.”
Some tips on reducing air pollutants include:
- Burn only dry, well-seasoned hardwood, and avoid wood burning on bad air days.
- Clean and paint your house with products that have low volatile organic compound (VOC) content or none at all.
- Before you paint, or do other activities that cause air pollution, check your local forecast using the Air Quality Index (AQI) at http://www.njaqinow.net/Default.htm. If it is an orange or red day, avoid using products containing VOCs. These are usually uncomfortably hot days, so it’s a good excuse not to paint or mow the lawn.
- Keep your vehicle maintenance up-to-date.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn off the air condition when you leave the house. It not only reduces pollution but saves you money.
- Buy clothing that doesn’t require dry cleaning.
- Obey state law by not idling your vehicle for more than three minutes and encourage your local government enforce the law as well as implement diesel reduction measures. For more information, visit http://www.stopthesoot.org.
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