Knowing the colors of the air quality index

AQI map, Oregon Smoke Information Blog, Sept. 11

A glance at a map of air quality monitors around the state provides a quick check of the air.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality uses a color-coded system to signal air quality at each of the monitors. Green means good. Maroon means hazardous.

And there are three colors, and levels of air quality in between.

The Air Quality Index online map and the OregonAIR app utilize the same color-coded system, as does the interactive map on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog.

People most at risk from particle pollution exposure, such as wildfire smoke, include those with heart or lung diseases. Older adults and children, as well as pregnant women, may also be more susceptible to smoke exposure.

Find the OregonAIR app at apple.co/3h9PJwA for iPhone and bit.ly/2FiHSzW for Android.

– Dylan Darling, public affairs specialist

Published by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

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