KNOWING THE AIR YOU BREATH
There are different types of air pollution that we are all exposed to when we travel to and from work, while enjoying the outdoors, or even while sitting in our offices or homes. How much air pollution we are exposed to is dependent on how many chemicals or particles are in the air that we breathe.
The Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has developed a program that allows all residents to learn more about our air quality and provides daily information that will help reduce exposure to harmful pollution levels.
Imperial Valley Air, www.imperialvalleyair.org, provides real time data that shows current air quality levels in all areas of the Imperial Valley. It is available on your desktop or can be downloaded to your phone from the Apple Store.
Belen Leon, APCD Project Manager says, "Like the weather, air quality changes from day to day and even hour to hour. Signing up for alerts, downloading the Imperial Valley Air Quality app, and understanding the Air Quality Index (AQI) will help you and your loved ones be informed on when and how to protect your health."
Using a chart of ranges and colors, the AQI is an indicator developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Think of the AQI as a yardstick that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the
level of air pollution and the greater the health concern.
Many valley schools also use the AQI to notify students and parents of air concerns by displaying colored flags outside of the school indicating the day's air quality level. The program is used as an educational tool providing guidance on when to modify outdoor physical activity based on air quality.
Resources such as these help us to better understand our environment while protecting our health and provides a great public service for our community by the APCD staff. Download the Imperial Valley Air app and share the information with your friends and family today!