What is Air Quality Index? And how can you use it to stay safe?

Staying Safe

The AQI, or Air Quality Index, is a daily measurement of the safety of the air quality in your area.

The Index is a range between 0-500.

0-50 Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

51-100 Air quality is acceptable for most people but for some, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution, this is a higher risk level

101-150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.

151-200 Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

201-300 Health alert: The risk of health effects is increased for everyone.

> 300 Health warning of emergency conditions: everyone is more likely to be affected.

(from AirNow)

If you live on the East Coast of the North American continent, particularly the North East and Mid-Atlantic areas, smoke from Canadian wildfires may be affecting your air quality right now.

You can look up your air quality index here.

Use the guide above to determine your risk. If you or your loved ones are at a higher risk, consider staying indoors during high AQI days. If you must go outside, grab those KN95s. They offer some protection from the smoke of wildfires.

Stay safe. Stay Nerdy.

Those Nerdy Girls

Resource: National Weather Center

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