Air Quality Flag Program

"Our facility is outdoors, and I needed to put in place a program that not only communicates the current conditions, but also puts in motion actions to be taken that will help ensure the safety and health of every employee working in that environment. It seemed only fitting that in conjunction with the heat index flag, we also communicate the quality of the air we are working in to better protect our employees and the nearby public." 
 Brandon Dickerson, Safety Coordinator for Coreslab Structures in Phoenix

Helping Communities Become More Air Aware

ADEQ's Air Quality Flag Program promotes a healthy environment for our children, workers, family, friends and neighbors by providing Arizona communities with resources to inform residents about:
  • Local outdoor air quality conditions
  • How air pollution impacts health
  • Actions we can take to protect ourselves
  • Ways we can improve the quality of the air we breathe

The program is especially important for children, including teens, and those with asthma or other respiratory illnesses, whose risk of experiencing health issues from air pollution is greater.

How Does It Work?

The program provides participating facilities with educational materials and colored flags that notify communities about local air quality conditions and correspond with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Air Quality Index (AQI). By sharing educational materials with residents and flying the flags in a visible spot, the facilities help alert people to that particular day’s air quality, so they know when and how to modify their outdoor activities.

Who Can Participate?

Eligible Air Quality Flag Program participants include schools, environmental education centers, after-school/early-childcare facilities, community health centers, fire departments, parks and recreation centers, and businesses located in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yuma and Santa Cruz counties.

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