Take a deep breath, Hampton Roads! How does it feel? May is Clean Air Month, a time to pay close attention to air quality and what we can do to improve it.
How does the air in Hampton Roads measure up? Well, you can check out our report card on the American Lung Association’s State of the Air website. There, you can also learn about health risks from air pollution and see how the cities of Hampton Roads compare to others across the country.
I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Clean Air Month (or air quality in general) until I did a little research. Did you know the most widespread kinds of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot)? Breathing either is harmful. Want to test your knowledge of clean air? Take EPA’s quiz. The more you know, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner and healthier.
What can you do?
AirNow.gov, a website developed by the U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies, provides the public with easy access to national air quality information. The site offers daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts as well as real-time conditions for over 300 cities across the US. Here’s today’s AQI forecast for Hampton Roads. You can also find plenty of tips for keeping the air clean and protecting your health. Here are just a few:
- Choose a cleaner commute — car pool, use public transportation, bike or walk when possible.
- Use environmentally safe paints and cleaning products whenever possible.
- Mulch or compost leaves and yard waste.