[April 29, 2013] People breathe all the time without thinking. The average adult takes about 15 breaths per minute, inhaling nearly two gallons of air. With 21,600 breaths per day that equals 2,880 gallons or more than 52 drums of air each day. Try putting those in your refrigerator!
Imagine if you have trouble breathing because of asthma or another respiratory ailment, where every breath is a struggle. Then imagine if every breath you take is dirty air, which makes matters worse.
April 29-May 3 is Arizona Air Quality Awareness Week. Maricopa County Air Quality Department is taking this time to educate people about what they can do to protect their health by helping reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
In recent years, Maricopa County has made progress in improving the air. There are still challenges ahead. That being said, the trends in recent years show an improvement, thanks to a variety of reasons, including:
· New control measures such as cleaner fuels, dust control permits, PM10 street sweepers, to name just a few.
· Increased awareness and education campaigns including more Spanish language outreach component.
· Improved collaboration between MCAQD partners, stakeholders and residents on training, guidance documents and awareness.
The last item is vital. Everyone breathes the air and everyone has a responsibility in keeping the air clean.
For more interesting air quality facts and to learn what you can do to protect our air, visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com. We will be adding new facts and tips each day this week.
We all play a part in pollution control. It is our air so let’s work together in keeping it clean and healthy.
About Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.
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