Air Pollutants - Particulate Matter (PM) - General Information
How can I help reduce PM?
You can help reduce the formation of PM by:
Open burning is a large source of PM. Open burning includes the burning of landscaping debris,
household trash, demolition debris, and land-clearing debris.
Driving a car is likely a person's single most polluting daily activity. Significant progress has been made
in reducing emissions and improving air quality since the 1970s. However, according to
the U.S. Department
of Transportation, the number of miles that our vehicles travel has nearly tripled since then. People
are driving more miles than ever before, and this offsets some of the advantages gained from cleaner engine technology.
How we operate our vehicles can help reduce pollution. Here are some ideas:
- Slowly increase your car's speed and use cruise control on the highway.
Trip-Chaining, which combines several errands into a single trip.
- Obey the speed limit. It saves gas and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- Keep your vehicle tuned up and your tires properly inflated. Both help save gasoline and improve air quality, as well as make your car safer.
- Don't top off the gas tank.
- When shopping for that next car, consider more efficient, less-polluting models.
- Do not idle your vehicle. Turn off your engine if you expect to be stopped for more than 30 seconds (except in traffic). Consider not using drive-through windows, instead park and walk inside.
Take a Break from
the Exhaust (TABFTE)
is a computer program that tracks voluntary actions
employees take to reduce air pollution. Employees are awarded points for reducing
the amount of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) during the work week by carpooling, staying
in the office for lunch, telecommuting, and using mass transit. TABFTE also provides
ground-level ozone forecasts April 1st
– September 30th
. Contact us
more information on TABFTE.
With You Hold the Key, SC!
, you can do your part to help
reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Find a way for reducing your
vehicle miles traveled (VMT) that works best for you, your school, workplace, or
The B2 (Breathe Better)
program is an anti-idling/clean air campaign. The goal
is to help protect the health and safety of children by reducing harmful
vehicle emissions around school campuses. It also helps inform the public about the benefits of practicing anti-idling
Idling = 0 miles per gallon
In addition to these suggestions, DHEC has additional
resources available on our
Education and Outreach Services webpage.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123
or by email.