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Air Quality Awareness Week, how the DEC says you can do your part in improving air quality

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(WBNG) -- The EPA, NOAA, NASA, and more organizations are partnering together this week to help bring attention to air quality in the United States.

The goal of the week is to educate the public on how everyday pollutants can impact the environment and potentially one's health.

Poor air quality affects everyone, even healthy Americans. A particularly vulnerable group is the 24 million people with Asthma. This is why it is important to know where to check the air quality levels, especially during the summer months when pollutants are at their highest.

Improving air quality may seem like an unachievable task for one person but officials believe everyone can do their part. It can be as simple as make sure all the lights are turned off to consume energy.

Other tips on improving air quality include things you may not think about, such as refraining from burning painted wood or treated wood when at a campfire, because of harmful chemicals that are released.

Another tip the DEC says can be helpful is ensuring you do not overfill your car's gas tank. When the pump stops at a certain level, it leaves space in the tank. If you continue to pump gas after that stop, your vehicle's emission system could be harmed.

There are a number of helpful ideas on how to do your part to improve the air quality that can be found at the DEC website.

Jason Doris

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