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Protecting Yourself & Reducing Air Pollution

► Also see the NYC Community Air Survey

► The NYC Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal
includes data and information on outdoor air quality

  • Listen to the radio and TV for air quality health alerts. You can check forecasted air quality levels at AirNow and at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


  • Know if you have a health condition that makes you especially sensitive to air pollution. Spend less time outdoors and in strenuous physical activity on poor air quality days. Plan outdoor activities when pollution levels are lower, and try to avoid exercising near busy roadways. Visit AirNow to learn about the Air Quality Index and how it applies to you and your family.


  • Reduce energy use at home and at work. Conserve electricity and heating fuel. Set your air conditioner thermostat to no lower than 78 degrees and lower your heat thermostat in winter. For useful tips on saving energy – and money - visit EPA and NRDC.


  • Choose a cleaner commute - car-pool, use public transportation, bike or walk when possible. Biking and walking are a great way to get exercise daily. To get more information on biking resources available in NYC, visit the NYC Department of Transportation.


  • Get involved in protecting the City’s air. Support policies and initiatives to reduce emissions from buildings and promote energy conservation.  Visit New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection and PlaNYC to learn what the City is doing to improve air quality.


  • If you’re considering purchasing indoor air cleaning devices for your home, get tips on selecting appropriate products from EPA and California Air Resources Board.