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Air Quality Awareness Week shares how to “Be Air Aware”, take action against pollutants

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

From Williamson to Bastrop counties and from Austin to Lockhart, communities in the ten-county region recognized April 30 to May 4 officially as National Air Quality Awareness Week to educate residents about the importance of monitoring local air quality and reducing air pollution.

The region’s first Ozone Action Day was April 28 and served as a reminder that throughout the year residents should remain vigilant about taking actions to reduce air pollutants and knowing the air quality. On Ozone Action Days, ozone levels can be especially harmful to sensitive groups — children under 18, adults 65 or older, and adults with lung diseases such as asthma. Bad air quality can pose potential health risks including difficulty breathing, sore and scratchy throat, and aggravation of lung diseases such as bronchitis.

Communities that participated in the awareness campaign educated residents about the causes of air pollution, how they can protect their health against poor air quality, and how they can reduce pollution through actions such as carpooling or biking to work. The communities encouraged people to “Be Air Aware” by downloading the EnviroFlash app for Android and iPhone. The free app gives people the following day’s air quality forecasts and can send them alerts about Ozone Action Days and other air quality concerns.

> Find more air quality information at airnow.gov.
> Read about TCEQ's Air Quality Program.
> Learn about local efforts at AirCentralTexas.org.
> Read about CAPCOG's Air Quality Program.

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