BALTIMORE, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Baltimore-Washington area is known for hosting vibrant outdoor activities and events all summer long. From music festivals to farmers' markets to movies in the park, residents look forward to getting outside and enjoying the fresh, summertime air. Unfortunately, the season's warmer temperatures also bring an increase in the production of ground-level ozone.
Breathing in ground-level ozone can reduce lung function by 20 percent and can trigger health reactions by those most particularly sensitive to poor air quality – children, older adults, those with asthma, respiratory or pulmonary conditions, athletes, and those most often outdoors – in addition to adversely affecting the region's ecosystems.
Poor air quality means that more than 7.5 million people in the greater Baltimore-Washington region—especially the more than 500,000 adults and 190,000 children with asthma —can't fully enjoy the outdoors this summer.
With all of this in mind, Clean Air Partners is launching its Breathe Easy campaign, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of everyday actions on air quality and public health.
"We want to remind everyone that small steps can make a big difference in improving our region's air quality," said William R. Ellis, Chair, Clean Air Partners "Fill up your gas tank after the sun goes down, keep your tires properly inflated, and turn off lights and electronics when not in use. You'll not only help improve the air quality in our region, you'll save a few dollars on gas and utilities in the process."
The Breathe Easy campaign encourages residents to help reduce ground-level ozone, save money on gas and utilities and keep themselves safe by following these simple steps:
- Use public transit
- Telecommute or carpool
- Refuel your car after dusk during the summer
- Inflate your tires to the proper level
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Clean HVAC filters each month
- Use a gas or electric grill instead of charcoal
- Switch to an electric-powered lawn mower
- Download the Clean Air Partners App to check daily air quality levels
Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. Since 1997, Clean Air Partners has been dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce air pollution, protect public health, and improve air quality.
SOURCE Clean Air Partners