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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
700 AM EDT FRI MAY 6 2016

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

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR QUALITY AND HOW IT
AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH.

TODAY 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. THERE ARE WAYS ALL OF US
CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT WE EACH CONTRIBUTE TO AIR POLLUTION IN OUR
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.

1. CHOOSE A CLEANER COMMUTE...SHARE A RIDE TO WORK OR USE PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION. COMBINE ERRANDS AND REDUCE TRIPS.

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

3. LIMIT ENGINE IDLING.

4. 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.

1. MAKE SURE IF YOU BURN WITH WOOD...YOU BURN ONLY DRY SEASONED WOOD
AND MAINTAIN A HOT FIRE.

2. AVOID USING GAS-POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT.

3. AVOID BURNING LEAVES TRASH AND OTHER MATERIALS.

4. REPLACE YOUR CAR`S AIR FILTER AND OIL REGULARLY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK, VISIT US AT
WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.  THAT`S WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

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HYSELL



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