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2016 Air Quality Awareness Week

Asthma & Air Quality

May 2, 2017

Join us to celebrate World Asthma Day today, an international event to increase asthma awareness. During Air Quality Awareness Week, we want to remind the almost 23 million Americans with asthma-- and their families, friends, and caretakers-- that air pollution can trigger asthma, or worsen attacks. So minimize your exposure by being air aware! Go to airnow.gov to track your air quality.

• If you are physically active outside, follow EPA’s outdoor activity guidance.

• Remember that asthma symptoms can start hours after you’ve been exposed to air pollution.

• Asthma symptoms can begin a day after you have been outdoors in polluted air. Outdoor air pollution can make you more sensitive to other asthma triggers, like pets, mold, and dust mites.Remember that asthma symptoms can start hours after you’ve been exposed to air pollution.

• Ozone can be worse in the summer, especially in the afternoon and early evening when the temperature is high and there’s no wind.

• Particle pollution can be bad year round, especially when the weather is calm and air pollution can build up. Particle levels can also be high near busy roads, around factories, and when there is smoke in the air.

• When the AQI forecast reaches Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) make sure to follow your asthma action plan!

• Manage your environmental asthma triggers; Learn more.
Where to find your AQI forecast?

Use an app, a widget, or sign up for emails at www.airnow.gov. Find more information about the National Weather Service Tools state and local forecasters use to develop Air Quality Forecasts.

EPA is conducting research to understand the role common air pollutants play in the development of asthma, and whether pollutants can make the respiratory disease worse. Learn about asthma studies being conducted by the Agency’s scientists at https://www.epa.gov/healthresearch/asthma-research

Schools and organizations can use the Air Quality Flag Program to create air quality awareness. They fly a brightly colored flag each day that shows what the air quality for the day will be. Learn about the Flag Program.

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