Outdoor air pollution
You can reduce your exposure to air pollution. Check daily air quality levels and air pollution forecasts in your area. This information is usually provided with your weather forecast as the Air Quality Health Index. Follow the advice given with the forecast. Try to plan strenuous outdoor activities at times when the air quality is best, especially if you’re sensitive to air pollution. Try to avoid exercising near areas where traffic is heavy.
You can also lower your own contribution to air pollution. You can do this by using public transportation, cycling and walking instead of driving. If you have to drive, avoid idling your vehicle. You can also reduce the amount of heating and cooling that your home needs by making sure it is properly insulated.
Indoor air pollution
You can reduce indoor air pollution by getting rid of the source of the pollutant and lowering indoor emissions. Most importantly, don't allow smoking indoors or in vehicles.
Test your home for radon. Take steps to reduce radon levels in your home, if necessary. Hire a certified radon professional to make sure the radon levels in your home are effectively reduced. Make sure that fuel-burning appliances are properly installed and ventilated, working properly, well maintained and inspected regularly.
Ensure adequate ventilation. Ventilation increases the amount of outdoor air that comes inside. It removes stale indoor air and reduces indoor air pollutants.
Switch from a coal- or wood-burning heat source to an electric, natural gas or oil heat source. If you cook or heat with coal or wood, minimize your risk by using efficient stoves and fireplaces with effective chimneys. Rather than high-temperature frying, use lower-temperature cooking methods (such as steaming, boiling, poaching, stewing, casseroling or braising).
Consider using an air cleaner, which removes particles from the air. Unfortunately, most air cleaners are not very good at removing gases. That’s why controlling the source of indoor air pollution and having good ventilation are much better options for improving indoor air quality.
Do not idle your vehicle or run other fuel-burning engines in a closed garage or workshop.