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Question of the Week: What do you do to “Be Air Aware” when planning outdoor activities?

2010 May 3

May 3-7 is Air Quality Awareness Week. The quality of the air we breathe affects each of us differently and can lead to serious health issues, including asthma, heart disease and stroke to name a few. Air Quality Awareness Week is a partnership effort to remind Americans to check the Air Quality Index while planning their outdoor activities.

What do you do to “Be Air Aware” when planning outdoor activities?

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  1. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    May 3, 2010

    Probablhy the best thing to do is look at the air quality index before you go anywhere. If the air is too polluted stay inside. If you need the air conditioner on to help you breath, you should use it. But I am lucky in the condo I,m in that because of the way the building is situated, I seldom have my air conditioner on and the condo still stays comfortable. One more very important thing. If you need to use an inhailer, make sure it goes with you whenever you go somewhere and keep it close when you are at home. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  2. sharon permalink
    May 4, 2010

    We are always aware because my grand-daughter has asthma, her father was a smoker. We take note of:
    1. Seasons and pollen
    2. Winds and dust
    3. Smog and orders
    4. Anything that involves breathing.
    My grand-daughter has good days and bad days depending on how we plan outdoor activities.

  3. David Lynch permalink
    May 10, 2010

    Luckily neither my wife or l suffer from any symptoms from air pollution but we still are aware its not good for you inhaling it. I also suffer from pollen allergies so l can imagine how it can irritate others.We are quite conscience when we are out and about to observe that others are at least trying to help our environment.Its people driving cars that blow smoke like there is no tomorrow that bug us some people just won’t do there little bit. If and when we all band together in this issue we won’t know the place in years to come.

    Regards
    David Lynch

  4. David Lynch permalink
    May 10, 2010

    I think we should always be vigilant about the air we breath every time we leave our houses and venture out. Although most of us don’t show symptoms like others who have allergies or breathing problems we still need to be aware of the damage it can be doing to us regardless. We usually head to the fresh air of the beach on our days off or do a little bush walking so we do activities that are away from pollution although not always possible.

    Regards

    David Lynch

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