As the cooler weather sets in for the holiday season, wood burning in fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and even fireworks have a big impact on air quality. During periods of light winds and calm weather conditions, smoke can build up within an area and force people inside, especially those with respiratory or pulmonary diseases, as the pollution impacts them more.
Together we can make a difference. Choose to Give the Gift of Clean Air this holiday season and throughout the year.
Some ways that you can give a gift that helps improve Arizona’s air quality, include:
Download the Air Arizona App — Free air quality mobile app (available in English and Spanish) that displays hourly air quality forecasts for various Arizona communities to help people plan their day, reduce potential health impacts of air pollution and take actions to improve air quality. Air Arizona also provides High Pollution Watch and Advisory alerts | Learn More >
Use electric instead of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment — People in the Phoenix and Tucson areas may qualify for vouchers toward the purchase of new electric or battery-powered lawn mowers and hand-held devices by exchanging old gas-powered equipment through Maricopa County’s Mowing Down Pollution Program or Pima County’s Cut Down Pollution Program | Learn More >
Use a propane fire pit — People who live in the Phoenix area may qualify for a $75 voucher for a propane fire pit from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department | Learn More >
Consider upgrading your wood burning fireplace — See Environmental Protection Agency guidance for selecting a new fireplace | View > If you live in certain parts of the Phoenix area, you may qualify for the Maricopa County fireplace retrofit program | Learn More >
An Arizona State Parks and Trails annual pass or gift card — Enjoy your efforts to help improve air quality across the state | Learn More >