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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
640 AM EDT FRI MAY 1 2015

...THIS IS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...

ON THIS FINAL DAY OF AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK, WE HIGHLIGHT WHAT
YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THE AIR CLEANER.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
WORK CONSTANTLY TO MAKE THE AIR CLEANER ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH
AIR QUALITY STANDARDS AND RULES TO REDUCE POLLUTION FROM POWER
PLANTS, INDUSTRIES, CARS, DIESEL TRUCKS, BUSES AND CONSTRUCTION
EQUIPMENT. BUT YOU HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY TOO. ANY TIME YOU USE ENERGY,
WHETHER IT IS GASOLINE, DIESEL, ELECTRICITY OR WOOD, YOU CONTRIBUTE
TO AIR POLLUTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES DOWNWIND. SAVING
ENERGY REDUCES POLLUTION, AND IT CAN SAVE MONEY.

USE THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES TO HELP KEEP AIR CLEANER IN YOUR
COMMUNITY. YOU CAN HELP REDUCE POLLUTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY BY
FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ESPECIALLY
IMPORTANT WHEN OZONE IS EXPECTED TO BE UNHEALTHY.

CHOOSE A CLEANER COMMUTE. SHARE A RIDE TO WORK OR USE PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION.

COMBINE ERRANDS AND REDUCE TRIPS.

REPLACE YOUR CAR`S AIR FILTER AND OIL REGULARLY.

LIMIT ENGINE IDLING. GET REGULAR ENGINE TUNE UPS AND CAR MAINTENANCE
CHECKS, ESPECIALLY THE SPARK PLUGS. YOU CAN HELP PREVENT OR REDUCE
UNHEALTHY LEVELS OF PARTICLE POLLUTION WITH THESE ACTIONS.

IF POSSIBLE, SWITCH TO ELECTRIC POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT.

DELAY USING GASOLINE POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT UNTIL LATER
IN THE DAY OR UNTIL DAYS WHEN THE AIR QUALITY IS BETTER.

REDUCE OR ELIMINATE FIREPLACE AND WOOD STOVE USE.

AVOID BURNING LEAVES, TRASH AND OTHER MATERIALS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT US ON THE
WORLD WIDE WEB AT HTTP://WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV






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