Air Quality Recommendations

Just because the sky is blue, doesn’t mean the air is clean.

Know what you’re breathing every day by getting the air quality forecast. Use precaution when exercising outdoors, especially on a Spare The Air day.  Check the local air quality index in your area by going to the AirNow.gov website and entering your zip code, and always check with your local league or club for additional guidelines and updates they may have for your area.

Some general recommendations include:

  • Exercise in the morning when ground-level ozone pollution is low
  • Avoid running near roads and freeways because air pollution can be elevated near them
  • Reschedule afternoon practice or do indoor activities when a Spare The Air alert has been issued

Also, make sure to sign up to receive your air quality forecast via text or email.

Air Quality IndexWho Needs to be Concerned?What Should I Do?
Good
0-50
It’s a great day to be active outside.
Moderate
51-100
Some people who may be unusually sensitive to particle pollution.Unusually sensitive people: Consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. These are signs to take it easier.

Everyone else: It’s a good day to be active outside.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
101-150
Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers.Sensitive groups: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It’s OK to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy.

If you have heart disease: Symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. If you have any of these, contact your heath care provider.

Unhealthy
151 to 200
EveryoneSensitive groups: Avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when the air quality is better.

Everyone else: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities.

Very Unhealthy
201-300
EveryoneSensitive groups: Avoid all physical activity outdoors. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when air quality is better.

Everyone else: Avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling to a time when air quality is better.

Hazardous
301-500
EveryoneEveryone: Avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Sensitive groups: Remain indoors and keep activity levels low. Follow tips for keeping particle levels low indoors.

Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. 


Comments

  1. Graham Ramsay says:

    Extremely helpful – Many thanks

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