Knowing the sources of air pollution is the chief means of prevention. Pollutants in the air exist wherever certain limits of emission levels are exceeded. In businesses, air pollution control compliance is handled by government agencies. But, when it comes to personal responsibility for reducing air pollution or air pollution prevention, it's necessary to do the following:
- Audit the areas of personal occupation, i.e., home, office, etc.
- Determine the main sources of air pollution
- Decide upon methods to prevent or reduce the sources
in most cases, accepting personal responsibility for air pollution prevention is a matter of taking a hard look at lifestyle. Determine the number of personal habits that cause or contribute to air pollution. Tobacco smoke is usually one of the first on the audit trail of pollutants. However, air can be polluted by other toxins as well. Regular use of household chemicals that contain certain gases like ammonia and chlorine also contribute to air pollution. Substitution of more organic-based products for these chemicals is one way to prevent air pollution.
It's important to also maintain home heating and cooling units for maximum air pollution prevention. Newer HVAC units are built to specifications that reduce carbon monoxide and CFCs to lowest possible levels.
Carbon monoxide emitted from car engines is another very big contributor to air pollution levels. Regular vehicle maintenance can reduce air pollution levels significantly. But, when purchasing a new vehicle, choose a model that has the lowest carbon monoxide emissions or a hybrid that relies on solar, electric, or NiCad or lithium battery power rather than gasoline.
Insuring that sewer lines to a home are checked regularly for gases that can accumulate in the air is another way to prevent air pollution. One other area that should be of concern is mold, particularly black mold. Maintaining the highest level of dry air in and around a home helps to inhibit mold growth, which can be particularly noxious to human health if allowed to proliferate freely. This is one very important means of preventing air pollution and retaining safe levels of ambient air throughout the home.
Awareness is the best means of preventing air pollution. This is also true in sites nearest residential areas. Report excess emissions of toxic air streams immediately. This should be reported to the state or local compliance coordinator that deals explicitly with air pollution control or regulatory compliance.