Air Quality and Your Health Publications

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Particle Pollution and Your Health front page

Particle Pollution and Your Health

This short, colorful pamphlet tells who is at risk from exposure to particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), what health effects may be caused by particles, and simple measures that can be taken to reduce health risk.

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Smog - Who does it Hurt?

This 8-page booklet provides more detailed information than "Ozone and Your Health" about ozone health effects and how to avoid them

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Air Quality Flag Program and Older Adults

As people get older, their bodies are less able to compensate for the effects of environmental hazards. Air pollution, like ozone, particle pollution (PM), and especially fine particle pollution (PM2.5), is most likely to affect the health of older adults.

Air Quality Flag Program Classroom Curriculum

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Coloring Page

Young students can color this scene from the book, Why is Coco Orange?

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Activity Sheet (Grade K)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Color the flag to match the sentence.

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Activity sheet (Grades 1-2)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Complete the sentence and color the flag.

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Bird's Eye View Lesson Plan (Grades K-2)

Identify sources of air pollution and compare air samples.

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Activity Sheets (Grades 3-5)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Compete each sentence and draw a line from each flag to the correct statement.

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What's Up There Besides Air (Grades 3-5)

 List how we know air pollution is present and some of their characteristics.

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Air Strips Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)

Collect and analyze particulate matter in test areas around the school.

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Ozone Field Testing Lesson Plan (Grades 6-12)

Discuss air quality issues involving tropospheric and stratospheric ozone and perform an experiment showing the effects of ozone on certain materials.

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Particulate Pollution Paper Wad Game (Grades 6-12)

Identify sources of particle pollution, learn about associated health issues, and identify ways to reduce particle pollution.

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Whirling Swirling Air Pollution (Grades 9- Adult)

What air pollutants do we contribute to the air daily, and how can we reduce our contribution?

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Girl Scout Activity Booklet

This activity includes discussion and hands-on lessons as part of the Girl Scout Cadettes Journey – Breathe Air Quality.

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Morning Announcements

Add a message during your school announcements to talk about the AQI for the day.

Air Quality Flag Program Getting Started Publications

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Program Fact Sheet

The flag program is summarized in one page.

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Quick Start Guide

A one-pager outlining the four steps needed to start a flag program.

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Flag Program Coordinator Handbook

A step-by-step guide to starting and maintaining the Air Quality Flag Program.

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Air Quality Flag Etiquette

Follow these guidelines to properly fly your flags.

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Planning a Flag Event

Celebrate the Air Quality Flag Program at your school, business, or organization!

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Invitation Letter

Use this template to invite organizations to join the Air Quality Flag Program.

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Press Release

Customize this template to share with the local press when you have a flag event!

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PTA Letter

Use this to request flag funds from your school's parent teacher organization.

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Sample Employee Email

Use this sample email as a guideline for communicating with your staff and community about the Flag Program.

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Sample Parent Letter

Schools that adopt the Air Quality Flag Program can send this letter to the parents to explain the program and what the flags mean.

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Air Quality Flag Program Slides

PowerPoint slides that cover the Air Quality Flag Program.

Air Quality Flag Program Outreach Materials Publications

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Fact Sheet

A quick overview about the Air Quality Flag Program

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"Why Is Coco Orange?" Picture Book- View online

Coco has a problem. He’s a chameleon, but he can’t change colors, and his asthma is acting up. Read how Coco and his friends at Lizard Lick Elementary solve this mystery as they learn about air quality and how to stay healthy when the air quality is bad. This book is for all children, especially those with asthma, and their caretakers. Ages 4-8.

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"Why Is Coco Orange?" Picture Book

Download and print out the Coco picture book from this .pdf.

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Flyer for "Why is Coco Orange?"

This one page document describes the picture book's plot and where to find it online.

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Air Quality Flag Program Poster

Describes the air quality index and actions to take.

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Flag Program Folder Cover

Print out this color image to use on folders.

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Exhibit Banner

Use this banner (30" x 80" low resolution) when you talk about your flag program!

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Flag Program Poster for Schools

This poster is specifically for use in schools.

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Bookmark

Bookmark to use for promotional purposes. 

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Flag Program Infographic

This infographic explains the Flag Program.

Air Quality Index Publications

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Air Quality Index - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health - front cover

Air Quality Index - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health

This booklet explains EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) and the health effects of major air pollutants. 

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Air Quality Index Reporting; Final Rule

Air Quality Index Reporting; Final Rule This Federal Register notice provides EPA's rationale for the 1999 revisions to the Air Quality Index used by States for daily reporting to the general public in accordance with section 319 of the Clean Air Act.

08/4/1999

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Air Quality Guide for Nitrogen Dioxide

This guide provides you with information about ways to protect your health when nitrogen dioxide levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways you can help reduce nitrogen dioxide air pollution.

02/2011

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Air Quality Guide for Ozone

This booklet explains EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) and the health effects of major air pollutants. 

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Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution

This guide provides you with information about ways to protect your health when particle pollution levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways you can help reduce particle air pollution.

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Technical Assistance Document for the Reporting of Daily Air Quality

This guidance is designed to aid local agencies in reporting the air quality using the AQI as required in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). For more information contact David Mintz at (mintz.david@epa.gov)

09/2018 

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AQI Forecasts: Your Advance Notification About Unhealthy Air

This brochure explains how to use the Air Quality Index, and how high levels of ozone and particle matter can affect your health. Learn where this pollution comes from and what you can do to protect yourself when air quality is poor.

02/2007

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Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution.

08/2014

Asthma and Heart Disease Publications

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Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution front page

Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

This fact sheet is designed to answer questions about how people with asthma can be affected by air pollution and how they can use the Air Quality Index to reduce their exposure.

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Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution

The purpose of this fact sheet is to increase awareness that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke, and other health effects.  It also provides information about steps to take to protect your health – including using the Air Quality Index to reduce exposure. It includes information about risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and lists the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.

Fires and Your Health

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Wildfire Smoke A Guide for Public Health Officials

This document, originally developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health. | Revised May 2016

Additional Factsheets

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Prepare for Fire Season

Learn how to protect your health from wildfire smoke.(Waiting for updated version from Susan)

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Infographic: How To Use A Respirator

The right respirator and proper fit can reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke. Cloth (wet or dry), paper masks, and tissues will NOT filter out wildfire smoke. Look for respirators (masks) marked NIOSH with N95 or P100. They can be found online, or in hardware, home repair, or drugstores.

2018

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Infographic: Reduce Health Risks In Areas With Wildfire Smoke

Reduce health risks in areas with wildfire smoke. Especially if you have family members with heart or breathing problems, or are older adults, children, or pregnant women.

June 2018

Health Professionals Publications

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Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution fact sheet front page

Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

This fact sheet is designed to answer questions about how people with asthma can be affected by air pollution and how they can use the Air Quality Index to reduce their exposure.

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution front page

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution

The purpose of this fact sheet is to increase awareness that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke, and other health effects.  It also provides information about steps to take to protect your health – including using the Air Quality Index to reduce exposure. It includes information about risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and lists the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.

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Effects of Common Air Pollutants Medical Poster

This colorful poster is designed for use in patient waiting areas or exam rooms. Use this poster to educate your patients about the health effects of outdoor air pollution on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

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Effects of Common Air Pollutants Medical Poster (18" by 24")

This colorful poster is designed for use in patient waiting areas or exam rooms. Use this poster to educate your patients about the health effects of outdoor air pollution on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

18" x 24" Printable Version

Weathercasters Publications

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AQI Toolkit for Weathercasters

AQI Toolkit for Weathercasters

This toolkit was designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for weathercasters who make educational presentations to schools and civic groups. The toolkit contains key materials to help audiences understand how they can use the AQI to find out about local air quality and how they can protect their health when the air is polluted.

Wildfire Smoke Guide and Factsheets

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Wildfire Smoke A Guide for Public Health Officials

This document, originally developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health.

Revised May 2016

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Prepare for Fire Season

Learn how to protect your health from wildfire smoke.

2018

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Protect Yourself From Ash

This factsheet explains how to protect yourself from ash due to wildfire smoke.

 

July 2018

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Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet

This factsheet explains how to filter indoor from wildfire smoke.

July 2018

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Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash

Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. This factsheet describes the most effective way to protect yourself during wildfire emergencies.

July 2018

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Reduce Your Smoke Exposure

When wildfres create smoky conditions, there are things you can do, indoors and out, to reduce your exposure to smoke. Reducing exposure is important for everyone’s health — especially children, older adults, and people with heart or lung disease. This factsheet describes how to reduce your smoke exposure.

July 2018

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Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash

This factsheet describes how to protect children from wildfire smoke and ash. Children are especially at risk for health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke and ash, mostly because their lungs are still growing. Wildfire concerns include the fire itself, the smoke and ash, and the chemicals from materials that have burned, such as furniture. Smoke can travel hundreds of miles from the source of a fire. Pay attention to local air quality reports during fire season, even if no fire is nearby. 

July 2018