Take a deep breath. How much do you know about the air you are breathing? This week has been designated Air Quality Awareness Week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to highlight the importance of air quality to our health. Check out the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware for in-depth information
Interesting air-related facts and tips:
- Pima County has good air quality about 300 days a year.
- Pima County Department of Environmental Quality monitors air quality from 18 different monitoring stations located throughout eastern Pima County.
- The amount of life-sustaining air surrounding our planet is limited. If the Earth were an apple, the depth of the atmosphere would be similar to the apple’s skin
- Air is made of about 78 percent nitrogen.
- On average, we breathe about 3,000 gallons of air a day.
- We take about 20,000 breaths a day.
- Air pollution affects the health of those with cardiovascular disease, not just people with lung disease, children, and the elderly.
- Most of the air pollution in Pima County is caused by motor vehicle use.
- Every 41 miles you drive puts one pound of air pollution into the air.
- We drive about 22,000,000 miles every day in eastern Pima County.
- Emissions are highest when a vehicle is started “cold” and after it sits for more than an hour. If you combine errands into one trip, you can reduce cold starts and help keep the air healthy.
- Properly inflated tires last longer, reduce drag, and save gasoline. Check your tires once a month and add air when needed.
Find up to the hour local air pollution data at the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s