Air Quality Awareness Week: A Time for Residents to Help Improve the Environment

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This week is Air Quality Awareness Week and the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging residents to celebrate by doing their part to help improve air quality in our area.

Air Quality Awareness Week coincides with the start of Ozone Season, which is when ground-level ozone, or smog, is formed through a reaction involving warmer temperatures, sunshine and certain types of pollutants.

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The young, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ozone during this time of the year, which is why officials say taking the right steps to reduce energy and improve the environment is so important.

Turning off your car while you're waiting, turning off lights when you leave a room, and planting trees are just a few things you can do to help improve air quality.

To find out other ways you can help visit

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