Air Quality Awareness Week is a nationwide effort, but the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is joining in on the celebration by providing residents with air quality tips and alerts.
The week runs from April 30 to May 3 and aims to educate residents on air quality concerns and encourage them to check their local air quality forecasts.
Each day of the week has a special designation:
Air pollution can pose health risks like asthma and lung problems and levels tend to rise between May and late September. Children, older adults, people with respiratory or heart diseases, and people who are active outdoors are more susceptible.
Some ways to protect your health include:
You can sign up to receive air quality forecasts for the next day via email, text, or Twitter at illinois.enviroflash.info. More information on statewide air quality data can be found at the Illinois EPA website.
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