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Avoiding Air Contaminants

Avoiding air contaminants can be difficult when we do not have complete control over the air we breathe.  Nonetheless, actions can be taken to reduce exposure to harmful air contaminants.

Potential exposure to air pollution exists in both urban and rural communities. Air pollution from vehicles makes exposure to air pollution almost unavoidable in urban areas. In rural areas, air pollution can be generated from agricultural applications of pesticides and off-road vehicles. Because air is a continuous medium (air is not contained), contaminants may travel from urban areas to rural areas and vice versa.

There are several steps you can take to reduce your exposure, including:

You can also take steps to decrease your contribution to air pollution or to encourage pollution reduction in your community:

For more information on avoiding air contaminants, visit the California Air Resources Board.