It’s only May and the heat is on! The quality of the air we breathe can have huge implications on our health and well being. Ground level ozone is most dangerous during the hot summer months when strong sunlight and hot weather combine and react with ground level pollution. According to the American Lung Association, 58% of the US population live in areas with unhealthy ozone levels.
Unhealthy ozone levels can make it difficult to breath deeply and damage the airwaves. Children, the elderly, and those with lung disease are most vulnerable during elevated ozone days. Therefore it is important we take necessary precautions on those particular days and try to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.
We can also do our part to reduce ground level ozone by following some simple steps:
- Don’t Idle. Not only is burning gas “fuelish”, but exhaust emitted from vehicles releases carbon dioxide into the air and contributes to climate change.
- Refuel during the evening and don’t “top-off” your fuel tank.
- Postpone mowing the lawn and grilling until later in the day.
- Schedule strenuous activities for early morning or late evening.
- Register for KMM’s Ozone Action Partnership.
The New Jersey Ozone Action Partnership is comprised of hundreds of corporations, government agencies and individuals working to reduce ground-level ozone pollution and curtail its detrimental effects on our health and the environment. As a member of the Partnership, your organization will receive an email alert on days when ground level ozone pollution is in the unhealthy range along with “tips” to help reduce ground level ozone. To register for KMM’s Ozone Action Partnership, and learn more about the Anti-Idling program, visit www.kmm.org.
For many New Jersey residents, driving down the shore is part of their very summer being. It’s as natural as waking up and brushing their teeth. This year, more than ever, returning to the Jersey Shore is a symbol of triumph and strength after suffering devastation at the hands of Super Storm Sandy.
In less than 10 days, the Jersey Shore will officially open its beaches on Memorial Day Weekend and kick off the 2013 Summer season. Along with the smiles and splashes in the ocean waters, however, comes the traffic and delays on the roads. And while I am sure it will be a welcome sight for many, sitting is traffic can totally be avoided this year.
How you ask?
The NJ Turnpike Authority recently launched the SafeTripNJ application for all smartphones. This hands free app offers you traffic advisories in real-time as you are traveling. The app will remain on while you drive, automatically activating when you approach an area impacted by an advisory. The app will broadcast any travel alerts for reported conditions within a set mile-range (that you can set for yourself) of your current location.
So this summer, download the app and jump onto your route to the Jersey Shore. Smile as you pass your favorite landmarks to your final shore town destination – all while avoiding sitting in summer traffic. Because this year, We are Jersey – Jersey Strong.
The idea that even the smallest changes can impact and create big change rings very true this Earth Day. KMM is taking this idea and giving you the chance to make a change.
It’s easy – GO Green!
Go Green while driving. Turn off your car when idling and avoid using drive through for banking, coffee and other errands.
GO Green at home! Unplug all appliances that use standby power: coffee machines, alarm clocks, toaster ovens, blenders and lamps.
Even at the office – Go Green and walk or brown bag your lunch. Everyone who takes the pledge will receive a small packet of seeds to plants and a handy info graphic pledge card.
Visit http://www.kmm.org/kmm_earthday2013.php to take the pledge today!