Reduce Exposure to Particle Pollution

In locations where wood is burned for heat, particle pollution levels can be especially high during wintertime inversions (when a layer of cooler air is trapped near the ground by a layer of warmer air above). When the air cannot rise, pollution accumulates, leading to higher pollutant concentrations near the surface. A variety of conditions can cause inversions. The most common is a nighttime inversion, when cloudless skies allow air at the surface to cool faster than the air above.

To avoid health risks associated with particle pollution:

  • Choose areas away from busy streets for children to walk, exercise and play.
  • Subscribe to ADEQ Daily Air Quality Forecasts and follow the recommended health statement
  • Limit outdoor activity when there is smoke in the air
  • Make sure children avoid standing or playing near idling vehicles 
  • Implement policies and education programs to limit vehicle idling on and near school grounds
  • Do not burn wood on No Burn days.
  • Eliminate the use of leaf blowers and gasoline-powered equipment during health alerts and high pollution days
  • Stabilize loose soils
  • Slow down on dirt roads, carpool and use public transit