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What You Can Do

Protect yourself from ozone layer depletion

01Avoid excessive sun exposure

Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly. Wear sunglasses on bright days.

When outdoors in the sun, use sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing.

Pay attention to the ultraviolet (UV) index, which is an international standard measurement of the strength of sunburn-causing UV radiation at a particular place and time.

An easy way to tell how much UV exposure you are getting is to look for your shadow. If your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely to be lower. If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are being exposed to higher levels of UV radiation. Seek shade and protect your skin and eyes.

Take care of your appliances to minimize ozone layer impact

02Use refrigerators, air conditioners and other equipment responsibly to assist in protecting the ozone layer and climate

Dispose of appliances and equipment with refrigerants responsibly – When you buy a new appliance such as a refrigerator, dispose of the old appliance by taking your old refrigerator to a qualified and certified expert, as refrigerators and freezers contain refrigerants that must be removed and recovered before other parts are recycled.

Have your car and home air conditioner and refrigerator checked for leaks. When possible, leaky units should be repaired before being refilled.

When your equipment needs to be serviced, ask for trained, qualified and certified experts to ensure the equipment is properly repaired and carrier gases are recycled.

Insulate your walls, doors and windows properly for improved energy efficiency and prolonged life of your equipment.

Mount your refrigerator so that air can easily circulate at the back and do not put the refrigerator freezer next to an oven or dishwasher.

Clean the refrigerator regularly at the back where the condenser is located and de-ice the freezer regularly.

Set the thermostat of your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature (avoid too low temperatures) and switch equipment off when not in use, as even a standby mode consumes energy.

Put only necessary things in your freezer, remove items that have been there for months, take frozen food out of the freezer early and let it melt in the refrigerator.

Mount the air-conditioner condenser in the shadow outside, use blinds if there is too much sun influx that needs to be cooled away and clean your condenser and evaporator regularly.

Keep rooms cool at night with ventilation, without air conditioning if possible and also remember that a higher setting of your air conditioner’s thermostat saves a lot of energy.

Switch your car air conditioner on after you have been driving for a few minutes with windows open and park your car in the shadow.