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Air Quality
Valley air pollutionMany unique features of the Valley affect air quality, some of which make pollution problems worse. When pollution levels get too high, adverse health effects can include respiratory-related illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, and inflammation, especially in the young and elderly. Indoor air quality can have equal or even more importance for health. Most of us spend a significant portion of our day indoors, and the products, cleaners, and even construction materials used in buildings can affect indoor air quality. Luckily, there are many things you can do both indoors and out to improve air quality, and protect yourself when pollution levels are high.

You can find today's air quality on the flag below:



Keep yourself, your neighbors, and our air healthy this holiday season: Observe No Burn Days!Poor air quality in the Valley

When air pollution levels are on the rise and weather conditions are dry and still, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will issue a No Burn Day to avoid adding pollution to our air. 

Every year around the holidays, Valley hospitals see increases in patients with respiratory issues due to smoke from fireplaces. Most patients are children and the elderly, but even the healthiest adults can be affected.

No Burn Day restrictions last 24 hours, starting at midnight, and include a ban on wood-burning including fireplaces, fire pits, or open outdoor fires.

Avoid burning on No Burn Days to keep our air clean and safe! It's the LAW!

Find out if it's a No Burn Day


 
Do Even More!

Want to do even more to prevent pollution and improve air quality? Follow the tips below, especially on High Pollution Advisory days!

  • Reduce driving: carpool, ride the bus, walk, bike, or telecommuteSun picture
  • Find carpool or van-pool partners at ValleyMetro.org or 602-262-RIDE
  • Sign up to receive HPA notices  at Valley Metro or CleanAirMakeMore.
  • Don't top off your tank - spilled gasoline and its vapors are an ozone-creating element
  • Refuel AFTER dark
  • Switch to electric-powered lawn equipment
  • Use a rake instead of a leaf blower - especially on hot days
  • Sign up for your utility's energy conservation program
  • Seal containers of household cleaners, chemicals, and solvents to prevent volatile gases from escaping