Monday, April 30, 2012

Air Quality Awareness Week

Air Quality Awareness Week (April 30 - May 4) is a great opportunity to learn more about how your local air quality may affect your health.

You may have heard references to "Code Orange" or "Code Red" air quality days during local weather reports. Air quality assessments are taken from the Air Quality Index (AQI), which indicates how clean or polluted your air is.

Poor air quality can pose health concerns to children, older adults, and those with certain kinds of health issues; but even healthy young adults can be adversely affected by polluted air. Depending on the air quality and your level of sensitivity, staying indoors may sometimes help to alleviate symptoms.

Other resources:

  • AirCompare -- Compare the air quality in different U.S. Counties.
  • Sign Up for Air Quality Notifications -- If you'd like to be advised when the air quality gets into unhealthy ranges, sign up for notifications via email or cell phone.
  • Keep the Air Cleaner -- Find out how you can promote cleaner air through transportation, household, and lawn and garden actions.



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