Small steps to ensure air quality is improved for everyone have been outlined by West Sussex County Council.
It is asking residents to make positive changes to their lifestyles to enable people to breathe easier where they live and work.
These include walking and cycling for short journeys, gently braking and accelerating smoothly when driving, considering switching to electric vehicles and composting organic waste instead of burning it.
The county council says it is committed to improving air quality as a long-standing member of the Sussex-air Partnership, which offers a free airAlert service.
This sends messages – either by text, voice mail or email – when air pollution levels in a specified area increase to a moderate rating or above.
Cllr Deborah Urquhart, cabinet member for environment at the county council, said: “It is often difficult to appreciate the importance of air quality as it can’t be seen.
“Through the choices we make about how we travel and how we heat our homes, we can all make a positive difference to improving the air quality in our county.
“Walking and cycling on short journeys will cut pollution, and there is the added bonus of getting exercise which is good for your physical and mental health.
“Improving air quality is a priority for the county council – but we can’t do it without the help of our residents.”
The county council has highlighted its advice as part of national breathe easy week.
The initiative includes this year’s clean air day, which was held yesterday.
Earlier this month, the county council launched its West Sussex Climate Pledge online campaign.
It asks West Sussex residents to make small but positive changes to their everyday lives and can be seen at: westsussex.gov.uk/maketheclimatepledge