PRESS RELEASE | San Luis is the first city to fly an ADEQ Air Quality Flag to protect health in their community

PHOENIX (September 21, 2018) – San Luis is the first city in Arizona to join the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) Air Quality Flag Program. Brightly colored flags raise awareness of air quality conditions within the community. By staying informed, residents can make choices to protect themselves and their families from the impacts of air pollution.

“Protecting the health and well-being of the people who live, work and play in San Luis is a priority for this city,” said Gerardo Sanchez, Mayor of the City of San Luis. “The flags are an easy and visible way to make sure the residents know when they may need to take extra measures to avoid bad air.”

Each day, a flag will be raised matching the colors of the Air Quality Index (AQI). ADEQ issues a daily AQI forecast which shows if the air will be polluted with PM10 (dust) or ozone. By comparing the colored flags to the AQI, residents will know what actions to take to protect their health. Green signals good air quality, yellow is moderate, orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (like children and people with asthma) and red signals unhealthy air for everyone and outdoor exertion should be limited.

“Fostering healthy lifestyles is key to improving the quality of life for our residents. Yuma County Public Health Services District has participated in and led flag program initiatives since 2012 and is happy to welcome the City of San Luis to this team effort,” said Anhel Centeno at Yuma County Health and Wellness Coalition. “By flying additional flags in the community, even more residents can protect themselves from air pollution. “

The flag will be flown at Joe Orduño Park in the City of San Luis. The park is located along Highway 95, which is a major thoroughfare through San Luis. The flags will be visible to thousands of residents as they go about their daily activities.

Stay informed about air quality in the Yuma area:

Yuma Air Quality Index Forecast | View >

ADEQ’s Daily Air Quality Index Forecast for Yuma with alerts through e-mail or text messages | Subscribe >

Air Yuma Smartphone app | Download >

School Flag Program additional information | View >

Contact: 

ADEQ Public Information Officer | 602-771-2215 (Office) | 602-540-8072 (Cell) | E-mail >

Francia Alonso, City of San Luis Public Information Officer | 928-314-9113 (Office) | 928-259-4345 (Cell) | E-mail >