It's the time of year when poor air quality becomes a health concern for many Utahns, especially children and those with asthma. These below resources can help you protect your health during inversion season.
The air quality index (AQI) gives information on how air quality pollutants impact health. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality uses the AQI and provides current and forecasted air quality conditions by county on their webpage. You can also receive this information through calling their phoneline for forecasts, signing up to receive email alerts, and downloading the free UtahAir app.
For more information on air pollution in Utah, visit health.utah.gov/utahair
The Utah Asthma Program has two air quality programs, the Recess Guidance for schools and the Air Quality Flag Program for schools and community organizations. You can learn more about these programs here.
The Utah Recess Guidance is a set of recommendations for when elementary school students should stay indoors for recess based on current air quality.
The Air Quality Flag Program is designed to increase awareness of air quality among students and the community.
This program also helps involve students in checking air quality and learning more about how air quality affects their health.