PUB-AM-339 2009 Even Wisconsin has days when the air quality is unhealthy. Becoming *amiliar with a national tool called the Air Quality Index (AQI) is vital *or all Wisconsinites, especially those who are sensitive to the harm*ul e**ects o* poor air quality. The AQI is an index developed by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that links colors to numbers. The higher the number the worse the air quality and associated health e**ects. And just like a stop light, green is good (sa*e to proceed with your normal routine) and red means stop (slow down, take it easy).
The AQI system relays messages through the National Weather Service, making it easy *or the public to receive and understand the messages. The system includes other ways *or the public to access air quality in*ormation as well. Now when you hear the terms Air Quality Watch or Air Quality Advisory you 9ll know to proceed with caution.
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DNR Air Quality Watch and Air Quality Advisory program, call 1-866-324-5924 (press 0 to talk to a sta** person), or log onto: http://dnr.wi.gov/air/aq/health/ status.asp Air quality in your area, log onto: http://dnrmaps. wi.gov/wisards, or call the Air Quality Hotline at: 1-866-DAILY-AIR (1-866-324-5924) Air ... more. less.
Quality Index, log onto: http://www.airnow.gov The Wisconsin Department o Natural Resources provides equal opportunity in its employment, programs, services, and unctions under an A frmative Action Plan. I you have any questions, please write to Equal Opportunity O fce, Department o Interior, Washington, D.C.<br><br> 20240. This publication is available in alternative ormat (large print, Braille, audiotape, etc.) upon request. Please call 608/266-6790 or more in ormation.<br><br> Air Quality Index Numerical Meaning Levels of Value Health Concern Sensitive Groups Good 0-50 Air quality is considered satisfactory and air pollution poses little or no risk. Moderate 51-100 Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Unhealthy for 101-150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects.<br><br> The general public is not likely to be affected. Unhealthy 151-200 Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. Very Unhealthy 201-300 Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.<br><br> Some people are more sensitive to air pollution than others. Everyone should consider his or her health and susceptibility to air pollution be*ore spending time outdoors on days with an Air Quality Watch or Advisory. The Air Quality Index 3 Orange color range indicates the air quality is cunhealthy *or sensitive groups, d including: " People with cardiac or respiratory disease " People with asthma " Older adults " Children " People per*orming strenuous activity outdoors, and " Individuals exposed to air pollution *or extended periods o* time.<br><br> I* you are included in this group, limit your time outdoors on days with an Air Quality Watch or Advisory. Other individuals might not *eel an impact until the AQI reaches the red range. Air Quality Watches and Advisories are announced via: 1.<br><br> DNR Air Quality Hotline 3 Call toll *ree, 1-866-DAILY- AIR (1-866-324-5924). This hotline provides in*ormation on air quality. " Reduce Driving.<br><br> Plan your trips be*ore you go, carpool, take mass transit, or delay any unnecessary trips *or another day. " Do not let your engine idle. Turn o** your vehicle i* you plan to idle more than 30 seconds.<br><br> " Postpone vehicle refueling. Re*uel in the evening and always tighten your gas cap. What is an Air Quality Watch?<br><br> " The Department o* Natural Resources (DNR) issues an Air Quality Watch when pollutant levels are forecast to be in the orange Air Quality Index range (unhealthy *or sensitive groups). " The Watch will be used year-round *or fne particle pollution and seasonally *or ozone pollution during warmer months. " The Watch will be issued the day be*ore pollution levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels.<br><br> This helps the public be aware o* imminent air quality problems so individuals and businesses are able to plan *or the *ollowing day. " Each Watch message will speci*y: u the Watch 9s length o* time u the geographic area a**ected u the pollutant o* concern " The Watch message will also include health messages *or those who are sensitive to air pollution and actions people can take to reduce air emissions. What is an Air Quality Advisory?<br><br> " The DNR issues an Air Quality Advisory when air pollutant levels have reached or exceeded the orange Air Quality Index range (unhealthy *or sensitive groups) and are expected to remain at that level *or at least several hours. " Each Advisory message will speci*y: u the Advisory 9s length o* time u the geographic area a**ected u the pollutant o* concern " The Advisory message will also include health messages *or those who are sensitive to air pollution. " Avoid all burning.<br><br> Re*rain *rom indoor wood burning as well as outdoor burning o* wood, yard waste and trash. " Postpone using outdoor gas- or diesel-powered equipment. Wait to use motorboats, lawnmowers or lea*-blowers.<br><br> " Conserve energy. Turn o** lights and appliances not in use and hang-dry laundry. 2.<br><br> DNR Air Quality Listserv 3 This system sends out a message via e-mail to all subscribers when an Air Quality Watch or Advisory is called. To sign up *or this DNR listserv please log onto: http://dnr.wi.gov/air/ newsletters/ 3. DNR web pages 3 The DNR home page (http://dnr.wi.gov/) will post a notice o* an Air Quality Watch or Advisory as will the Air Management web pages (http://dnr.wi.gov/air/).<br><br> 4. National Weather Service and Local Media 3 Watch *or local media announcements o* Air Quality Watches or Advisories provided by the National Weather Service 9s Weather Wire. How will the public know if an Air Quality Watch or Advisory is called?<br><br> You can help reduce air pollution emissions on days when an Air Quality Watch or Advisory is called by doing simple things: Who is included in the cunhealthy for sensitive groups d category?