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April 28, 2015

Take a Deep Breath for National Air Quality Awareness Week

Monday marks the beginning of National Air Quality Awareness Week. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Chapter of the American Lung Association are partnering to encourage everyone to become more aware of their air.

This year Vermonters, particularly seniors, those with young children, or people with respiratory ailments, are encouraged to sign up for the EPA's air quality alerts through the EnviroFlash system. Subscribers receive an e-mail when decreased air quality is forecast, or can receive daily forecasts. There is also a companion smartphone app for Android and iPhone. Subscribe to EnviroFlash at http://www.enviroflash.info/.

Vermont's air quality is often considered to be among the best in the nation and a majority of our daily forecasts in 2014 rated air quality as "Good" throughout the state. However on 90 days, in certain locations, air quality was only "Moderate" or lower. And 3 days exceeded the national health standards making the air quality "Unhealthy for Sensitive Individuals."

"Vermonters are fortunate to enjoy good to excellent air quality for most of the year," said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz. "However, it shouldn't be taken for granted. This is a great week to recognize our good fortune, and to become more aware of conditions that can result in a decrease in our air quality."

Each day of Air Quality Awareness Week has an associated theme or activity. Monday is Reduce your Contribution to Air Pollution. Tuesday is Air Quality; Important at Every Age. Wednesday is Air Quality and Your Health. Thursday is Get Outside ... with the Air Quality Index, and the week ends with a focus on Traveler's Health.

For more information, visit the Air Quality Awareness Week website at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/. You can also find information through the American Lung Association, http://www.lung.org/healthy-air/, and the Vermont Air Quality and Climate Division, http://www.anr.state.vt.us/air/.

Contact: Rich Poirot, Air Quality and Climate Division; 802-272-3664; rich.poirot@state.vt.us

Source: Department of Environmental Conservation
Last Updated at: April 28, 2015 08:42:39