Celebrate clean air every day in Alberta and the Northwest Territories

The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (TLA) celebrated Clean Air Day on June 4.

However, TLA is encouraging residents across Alberta and the Northwest Territories to celebrate clean air every day by making simple steps to improve air quality in their neighbourhoods.

“Air quality is important because it impacts the health of humans, animals and the environment,” said TLA Program Specialist for Environment and Health Amy Elefson.

“A lot of people don’t realize that their actions can affect air quality.”

As a way to encourage businesses and households to improve air quality in their communities, here are a few suggestions from the Canadian Lung Association:

  1. Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit.

  2. Reduce your heating needs by making your house more energy efficient. Find out about government programs that test your home’s energy-efficiency and give grants to help pay for the cost of improving your home’s energy efficiency.

  3. Don’t burn wood or trash. Instead of burning debris, start a compost pile in your backyard for organic materials.

  4. Use hand-powered garden tools. Avoid using gasoline or diesel-powered equipment such as lawnmowers and leaf-blowers.

  5. Avoid using potentially harmful products labeled with hazard symbols indicating poisonous, flammable, or corrosive materials. Use non-toxic alternatives or make your own if possible.

  6. Know before you go. If you need to drive, plan the most fuel efficient route using free online tool such as Google maps, taking notice of areas of construction and high traffic. Avoiding these areas can help prevent needless idling.

  7. Check your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency. Each 5% of under-inflation translates into a 1% decrease in fuel efficiency.

  8. Avoid idling. Turn off your car’s engine while waiting for someone and try to avoid drive-through lines.

  9. Garden without pesticides. There are many healthy and safe alternatives to harmful cosmetic pesticides.

  10. Get involved. Support national and local efforts to clean up the air. Contact your provincial lung association and find out what is happening in your area and how to get involved.

To learn more about air quality, visit TLA’s “clean air” webpage!

Let us know what you do to improve air quality in your community! Tweet us at @LungABNWT using the hashtag #PoweredByBreathing.

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