You can learn how to help reduce air pollution with the Clean Air NY program. 

You can also learn how to protect yourself on air quality action days or after a fire.

You can learn how to help make New York City's air healthier and reduce pollution with the Clean Air NY program.


Learn how you can reduce air pollution.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Transportation
  • Division: 511NY Rideshare
  • Phone Number: (866) 692-6668
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 6 AM - 7 PM

Air Quality Action Days are days when air quality may be unhealthy for people who are sensitive to air pollution. This includes people with heart and lung problems, the elderly, and children.

Get the air quality forecast.

    Air Quality Alerts

    You can sign up to receive daily alerts so you know when air quality may be unhealthy.

    Sign up for Air Quality Alerts.


    On Air Quality Action Days, it is recommended that you:

    • Stay indoors and do not exert yourself unnecessarily
    • Limit driving: share a ride, use public transit, or work from home
    • Refuel your car after dark: during the day, pollutants from gas react with sunlight and heat to create ground-level ozone
    • Air condition less: set home air conditioner at a slightly higher temperature than normal to save energy and decrease pollution
    • Don't mow lawns
    • Delay home improvement: painting and spraying aerosol products add harmful vapors to indoor and outdoor air

    You can learn more about air quality, pollution, and how to stay healthy on Air Quality Action Days online or by phone.


    Learn more about Air Quality Action Days.

    By Phone

    • Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Division: Air Quality Hotline
    • Phone Number: (800) 535-1345
    • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

    You can find out how to protect yourself from smoke, dust and other debris resulting from a neighborhood fire.


    Learn more about air quality after a fire.

    By Phone

    Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

    The City and staff from Queens College are installing air quality monitors on light and utility poles to study neighborhood air pollution. 

    The devices:

    • Are located 10 to 12 feet off the ground on streetlight, signal, and other utility poles.
    • Are shaped like a box and measure 2 ft by 1 ft.
    • Have tubes sticking out.
    • Have an NYC Health sticker attached.

    You can report damage to a monitoring device or you can get more information about the NYC Community Air Survey by phone.

    Complaints about air quality and requests for air testing are not accepted.

    Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

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