How to Protect Yourself from Ozone, Particle Pollution

  • Pay attention to forecasts for high air pollution days to know when to take precautions;
  • Avoid exercising near high-traffic areas;
  • Avoid exercising outdoors when pollution levels are high, or substitute an activity that requires less exertion;
  • Do not let anyone smoke indoors and support measures to make all places smokefree;
  • Reduce the use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves; and
  • Tell the President or your members of Congress to stand up for healthy air.

Bottom line: Help yourself and everyone else breathe easier. Support national, state and local efforts to clean up sources of pollution. Your life and the life of someone you love may depend on it.

FACT: Eighteen of the 25 cities most polluted by ozone, including Los Angeles, had their lowest smog levels since the first State of the Air report was published in 2000.

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