Illinois Residents Urged to Use Air Quality Apps for Health Safety

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Springfield, IL – Following the historic impacts of the 2023 wildfire season, Illinois officials are encouraging residents to routinely monitor air quality to protect their health and reduce air pollution.

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), air quality can change daily. The Illinois EPA provides daily forecasts via AirNow.gov, classifying air quality from Good to Hazardous.

In 2023, wildfires caused unprecedented air quality issues in Illinois. Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim emphasized the importance of checking air quality alongside weather. Residents can also subscribe to forecasts and alerts through the EnviroFlash program and the AIRNow app.

IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra highlighted that poor air quality can lead to respiratory issues, urging vulnerable groups to take precautions. The state has established guidelines for issuing air quality alerts, including the Air Pollution Action Day program, to enhance public health measures.

For more information, visit the Illinois EPA and IDPH websites.

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