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Community Health Commission now offers direct link to AirNow for Outdoor Air Quality Index

April 3, 2018 08:05 AM

The Park Ridge Community Health Commission is pleased to announce the addition of a direct link from the City’s website to the EPA’s AirNow Air Quality Index

Every day, you can easily find out the Air Quality Index (AQI) and the condition of the outdoor air simply by bookmarking a page on the City’s website.  Knowing whether the air quality is good or poor is extremely important to persons who suffer from various medical conditions and the associated health effects of poor air quality. 

 The AQI translates air quality data into numbers and colors that help people understand when to take action to protect their health.  Map and forecast data are collected using federal reference monitoring techniques. “Real-time" maps are maintained by displaying data at the end of each hour, 24 hours per day.

The purpose of the AQI is to help you understand what local air quality means to your health. To make it easier to understand, the AQI is divided into six categories: Good; Moderate; Unhealthy for sensitive groups; Unhealthy; Very Unhealthy; and Hazardous.

Everyone’s heart and lungs can be harmed by unhealthy air. Those most at risk are people with lung disease, people active outdoors, older adults, and children. Use the local link to get your local Air Quality, and the AirNow widget.

Visit or the City’s website at and search Community Health Commission to access the AirNow information. 

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