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Ten Actions You Can Take to Improve Visual Air Quality

  1. Drive less. If you can get by without a vehicle, great. If not, try carpooling, walking, cycling or taking transit a few days a week.

  2. Avoid idling. It wastes fuel, money, stresses your engine and pollutes the air. In cold climates, a block heater is a more efficient option for warming up your engine.

  3. Get regular tune-ups. Vehicles that are properly serviced run more efficiently, waste less fuel and produce less air pollution.

  4. Consider a cleaner vehicle. In the market for a vehicle? Consider one that's fuel-efficient. cA hybrid is an option if you’re buying new, but many late-model smaller vehicles are also environmentally-friendly.

  5. Avoid using gas-powered tools. Gas lawnmowers, leaf blowers and trimmers can be replaced by push mowers and electric mowers, which are better for our health, and our environment.

  6. If you use wood for fuel, use it wisely.  You can help reduce air pollution by using dry wood, cutting it into small pieces, and keeping your stove and chimney clean and in good working order.

  7. Consider a switch. If you’re buying a new stove or heating appliance, consider one that is fueled by propane, natural gas or pellets - all cleaner alternatives to burning wood.

  8. Say "no" to backyard burning. Backyard burning is a serious hazard that can expose your family and your neighbours to toxic fumes. Even if it is allowed in your community, a good rule of thumb is “don’t burn unless you need to.”

  9. Participate in BC's "Scrap It" Program.  Help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by getting older vehicles off the road.

  10. Get involved. Join or create a local air quality management group to work with your local government to improve air quality in your community.

Source: From the BC Air Action Plan at