- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- AIR Now – Nationwide Monitoring and Forecasts
- Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality – Current Forecasts
- Ride Smart – Northern Shenandoah Valley
- Clean Air Partners
ALERTS & RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
CODE RED Air Quality: Unhealthy
Recommended Action: Everyone, especially children, should limit heavy or prolonged outdoor exertion. Limit driving and refuel cars after dusk. Avoid mowing lawns with gas-powered mowers. Put off any painting until later. Don’t use aerosol consumer products. Barbecue only with propane gas.
CODE ORANGE Air Quality: Unhealthy for sensitive groups
Recommended Action: Active children and adults, people who have trouble breathing or have respiratory disease such as asthma, should limit prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Limit driving and refuel cars after dusk. Avoid using aerosol products. Share a ride, use transit, or drive only their best maintained, most fuel-efficient vehicle.
CODE YELLOW Air Quality: Moderate
Recommended Action: Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged exertion. Consolidate trips and errands. Limit car idling when possible. Conserve electricity and set air conditioners to 78° F.
CODE GREEN Air Quality: Good
Recommended Action: Carpool, use transit, bike, or walk. Keep cars and boats tuned. Use environmentally safe paints and cleaning products.