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Summer Vacation – Protect yourself and your family on vacation or staycation

From the US EPA, GoGreen Newsletter, August 2016 . . .

Here are just a few ideas:

Breathe easy: Going for a hike, bike ride, or working outside? Check your air quality before you go, and know when to take action to protect your health.

Driving: In hot weather and long trips, save money and fuel by rolling the windows down at low speeds but use the vehicle air conditioner at highway speeds. Also, be sure your car is tuned up and the tires properly inflated.

Hook, line and sinker: Check if there are any fish consumption advisories if you’ll be fishing.

Avoid getting bitten: Always follow label directions when using insect repellants and pesticides. At home, remove places where bugs can live and breed.

Danger: Recharge air conditioners properly. If your home or vehicle air conditioner needs to be recharged, be sure to use correct, approved refrigerants. Avoid recharging with unacceptable substitute refrigerants which may post health or environmental risks, including ozone depletion potential, global warming potential, toxicity, flammability, and exposure potential. Learn more:

Make the Safer Choice. Shopping for products made with safer chemical ingredients? Watch our Safer Choice videos and learn how the Safer Choice label helps you find products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment.

Bee safe with pesticides. If you use pesticides where bees are present, always READ THE LABEL and follow the directions. Use pesticides only when necessary. Store and dispose of pesticides properly. Learn more about protecting bees and other pollinators.

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