During the warmer summer months you tend to spend a lot more time outdoors. Beyond using proper sun protection, you should be also aware of the air quality.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.
The AQI scale runs from 0 - 500. The higher the value, the greater risk the air is to your health. One hundred is generally accepted as the standard where air quality is satisfactory.
Levels over 100 are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups of people at first, and then for everyone as the level rises. Those in sensitive groups include older people, those with lung disease / conditions and children. Learn more.
Check your air quality by zip code or state before you head outside, to be sure you are safe or taking proper precautions.
Summer is the most likely time of year when you may find yourself caught in a thunderstorm, or surrounded by lightning. It’s important to prepared for this common, but dangerous aspect of nature.
What can you do to stay safe?
Sign up for weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
“When thunder roars, go indoors.” (Home, building, automobile) Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. Unplug electronic devices.
- If caught outside, avoid being in open areas and being the tallest object in the area. Stay away from any metal such as wires or fences.
Some of the products you use around the house may contain pesticides and harm children. Know what can be dangerous.