Pollution is just an unfortunate result of living in this day and age. Whether from car exhaust, wood burning, factory emissions, etc., it is a big problem in California. Bakersfield ranked #1 and Fresno ranked #3 as the most polluted cities according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report in 2013. And, unfortunately, 8 out of the 10 cities on the list were located in California.
Obviously, air quality is something you as a Californian need to be concerned about. People who violate no-burn orders and restrictions in this state can be cited and fined. California doctors are seeing a growing number of patients with symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. As the pollution gets worse, more people are getting asthma, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and other lung diseases.
It may seem like there is nothing you can do protect your family from poor air quality besides moving to Alaska. However, there are some very practical things you can do in your home to protect your family’s lung health.
As a California citizen, you can feel empowered that you are making a difference in air quality by changing your daily habits. Also, use the resources available to you.