Regional forest fires are causing a haze in the air. To tell if it is safe to spend time outside, consult an Air Quality Index (AQI).
The AQI is a number from 0 to 500; the number increases along with the amount of air pollution. These numbers are then grouped into levels of health concern.
- “Moderate” means the air pollution may cause respiratory symptoms for people who are very sensitive.
- “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” means that the general public is unlikely to be affected but people with lung or heart disease, older adults, and children could have respiratory symptoms.
- “Unhealthy” means anyone could experience respiratory symptoms and sensitive groups may have more serious effects.
- “Very Unhealthy” means everyone could experience serious health effects.
- “Hazardous” means emergency conditions and the entire population is likely to be affected.