How can air pollution hurt my health

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Unformatted text preview: f Energy Clean Cities Site If you must drive on days with unhealthy air, drive your newest car. Newer cars generally pollute less than older models. Choose AirFriendly Products Many products you use in your home, in the yard, or at the office are made with smogforming chemicals that escape into the air. Here are a few ways to put a lid on products that pollute: 16. Select products that are waterbased or have low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 17. Use waterbased paints. Look for paints labeled "zeroVOC." 18. Paint with a brush, not a sprayer. 19. Store solvents in airtight containers. 20. Use a push or electric lawn mower. 21. Start your barbecue briquettes with an electric probe, or use a propane or natural gas barbecue. Save Energy Saving energy helps reduce air pollution. Whenever you burn fossil fuel, you pollute the air. Use less gasoline, natural gas, and electricity (power plants burn fossil fuels to generate electricity): 22. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. 23. Replace energy hungry incandescent lights with fluorescent lighting. 24. Check with your utility company for energy conservation tips, like purchasing energy saving appliances. 25. Use a thermostat that automatically turns off the air conditioner or heater when you don't need them. 26. Add insulation to your home. 27. Use a fan instead of air conditioning. 28. Use an EPAapproved wood burning stove or fireplace insert. 29. Heat small meals in a microwave oven. 30. Insulate your water heater. 31. Install low flow showerheads. 32. Dry your clothes on a clothesline. Waste Not It takes energy to make and sell the products we use. Here are ways to cut energy use, reduce air pollution, and save money. 33. Choose recycled products. 34. Choose products with recyclable packaging. 35. Reuse paper bags. 36. Recycle paper, plastics, and metals. 37. Print and photocopy on both sides of the paper. Watch Out For The Small Stuff When you breathe, very small particles such as dust, soot, and acid droplets can slip past your lung's natural defense system. These particles get stuck deep in your lungs and may cause problems more asthma attacks, bronchitis and other lung diseases, decreased resistance to infections, and even premature death for the elderly or sick. Here are a few things you can do to reduce particulate matter pollution and protect yourself: 38. Don't use your wood stove or...
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