Activity Guides Publications

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Activity Sheet for Ozone

Guide for Ozone

This guide provides ways to protect your health when ozone pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

Activity Sheet for PM

Guide for Particle Pollution

This guide provides ways to protect your health when particle pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

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Guide for Schools

This guide provides ways to keep children active while protecting their health when air pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

2020 Air Quality Awareness Week

 

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AQAW Template with Instructions

Why I Care About Clean Air: Student Engagement Activity - Template and Instructions

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AQAW Template

Why I Care About Clean Air: Student Engagement Activity - Template Only

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AQAW Template Instructions

Why I Care About Clean Air: Student Engagement Activity - Template Instructions

Air Quality and Your Health Publications

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Particle Pollution and Your Health front page

Particle Pollution and Your Health

This short, colorful pamphlet tells who is at risk from exposure to particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), what health effects may be caused by particles, and simple measures that can be taken to reduce health risk.

Smog - Who does it Hurt? front page

Smog - Who does it Hurt?

This 8-page booklet provides more detailed information than "Ozone and Your Health" about ozone health effects and how to avoid them

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Air Quality Flag Program and Older Adults

As people get older, their bodies are less able to compensate for the effects of environmental hazards. Air pollution, like ozone, particle pollution (PM), and especially fine particle pollution (PM2.5), is most likely to affect the health of older adults.

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Ozone and Your Health

Ozone, the main ingredient of smog, presents a serious air quality problem in many parts of the United States. Even at low levels, ozone can cause health effects. You can take simple steps, described in this pamphlet, to protect your health from ozone.

How AirNow Works: The Air Quality Index and You Poster

How AirNow Works: The Air Quality Index and You

How AirNow Works: The Air Quality Index and You. Download the poster. 

Air Quality Flag Program Classroom Curriculum

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Coloring Page

Young students can color this scene from the book, Why is Coco Orange?

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Activity Sheet (Grade K)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Color the flag to match the sentence.

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Activity sheet (Grades 1-2)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Complete the sentence and color the flag.

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Bird's Eye View Lesson Plan (Grades K-5)

Identify sources of air pollution and compare air samples.

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Activity Sheets (Grades 3-5)

What Color is Your Air Today?- Compete each sentence and draw a line from each flag to the correct statement.

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What's Up There Besides Air (Grades 3-5)

 List how we know air pollution is present and some of their characteristics.

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Air Strips Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)

Collect and analyze particulate matter in test areas around the school.

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Ozone Field Testing Lesson Plan (Grades 6-12)

Discuss air quality issues involving tropospheric and stratospheric ozone and perform an experiment showing the effects of ozone on certain materials.

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Particulate Pollution Paper Wad Game (Grades 6-12)

Identify sources of particle pollution, learn about associated health issues, and identify ways to reduce particle pollution.

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Whirling Swirling Air Pollution (Grades 9- Adult)

What air pollutants do we contribute to the air daily, and how can we reduce our contribution?

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Morning Announcements

Add a message during your school announcements to talk about the AQI for the day.

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Girl Scout Cadettes Journey – Breathe Air Quality

Without thinking about it, we breathe air all day and all night long. So it’s easy to take air for granted. This lesson will remind you that clean air is one of our greatest natural resources – one on which our lives depend.

Air Quality Flag Program for Tribes Publications

 

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Tribal Air Quality Flag Program Packet

Customize this flyer/poster template to share information with your community about air quality, how it can affect health, and actions to take on a bad air quality day.

Air Quality Flag Program Getting Started Publications

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Program Fact Sheet

The flag program is summarized in one page.

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Quick Start Guide

A one-pager outlining the four steps needed to start a flag program.

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Flag Program Coordinator Handbook

A step-by-step guide to starting and maintaining the Air Quality Flag Program.

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Air Quality Flag Etiquette

Follow these guidelines to properly fly your flags.

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Planning a Flag Event

Celebrate the Air Quality Flag Program at your school, business, or organization!

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Invitation Letter

Use this template to invite organizations to join the Air Quality Flag Program.

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Press Release

Customize this template to share with the local press when you have a flag event!

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PTA Letter

Use this to request flag funds from your school's parent teacher organization.

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Sample Employee Email

Use this sample email as a guideline for communicating with your staff and community about the Flag Program.

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Sample Parent Letter

Schools that adopt the Air Quality Flag Program can send this letter to the parents to explain the program and what the flags mean.

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Air Quality Flag Program Slides

PowerPoint slides that cover the Air Quality Flag Program.

Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

This table shows when and how to modify outdoor physical activity based on the Air Quality Index. This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters

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Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2020 Spring Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2020 Spring

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2020 Winter Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2020 Winter

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Autumn Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Autumn

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Summer Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Summer

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Spring Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2019 Spring

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2018 Winter Cover

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletter - 2018 Winter

Air Quality Flag Program Newsletters: if you missed a newsletter, want to reread it or pass it on to someone else.

Air Quality Flag Program Outreach Materials Publications

More about the Air Quality Flag Program

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Fact Sheet

A quick overview about the Air Quality Flag Program

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Air Quality Flag Program Poster

Describes the air quality index and actions to take.

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Flag Program Folder Cover

Print out this color image to use on folders.

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Exhibit Banner

Use this banner (30" x 80" low resolution) when you talk about your flag program!

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Flag Program Poster for Schools

This poster is specifically for use in schools.

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Bookmark

Bookmark to use for promotional purposes. 

AQI flags and information about flag program

Flag Program Infographic

This infographic explains the Flag Program.

Air Quality Index Publications

More about Air Quality Index

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Air Quality Index - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health - front cover

Air Quality Index - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health

This booklet explains EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) and the health effects of major air pollutants.

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Air Quality Index Reporting; Final Rule

Air Quality Index Reporting; Final Rule This Federal Register notice provides EPA's rationale for the 1999 revisions to the Air Quality Index used by States for daily reporting to the general public in accordance with section 319 of the Clean Air Act.

08/4/1999

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Air Quality Guide for Nitrogen Dioxide

This guide provides you with information about ways to protect your health when nitrogen dioxide levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways you can help reduce nitrogen dioxide air pollution.

02/2011

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Air Quality Guide for Ozone

This guide provides you with information about ways to protect your health when ozone levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways you can help reduce ozone air pollution.

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Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution

This guide provides you with information about ways to protect your health when particle pollution levels reach the unhealthy range, and ways you can help reduce particle air pollution.

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Technical Assistance Document for the Reporting of Daily Air Quality

This guidance is designed to aid local agencies in reporting the air quality using the AQI as required in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). For more information contact David Mintz at (mintz.david@epa.gov).
Updated 2018 

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AQI Forecasts: Your Advance Notification About Unhealthy Air

This brochure explains how to use the Air Quality Index, and how high levels of ozone and particle matter can affect your health. Learn where this pollution comes from and what you can do to protect yourself when air quality is poor.

02/2007

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Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution.

08/2014

Asthma and Heart Disease Publications

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Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution front page

Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

This fact sheet is designed to answer questions about how people with asthma can be affected by air pollution and how they can use the Air Quality Index to reduce their exposure.

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution front page

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution

The purpose of this fact sheet is to increase awareness that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke, and other health effects.  It also provides information about steps to take to protect your health – including using the Air Quality Index to reduce exposure. It includes information about risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and lists the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.

Facilitating a Teacher Workshop

 

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Introductory Letter

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit  introductory letter

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Recruit Notice and Application

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Recruit Notice and Application 

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Information Letter to Participants

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Information Letter to Participants

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Pre and Post Test

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Pre and Post Test

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Homework Assignment (Optional)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Homework Assignment (Optional)

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Workshop Evaluation

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Workshop Evaluation

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Workshop Certificate

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Workshop Certificate

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Thank You Letter to Participants

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Thank You Letter to Participants

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Notebook Cover Page

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Notebook Cover Page

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Workshop One Day Agenda

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Workshop One Day Agenda

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Workshop Two Day Agenda

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Workshop Two Day Agenda

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What’s Your A.Q.I.Q?/Ice Breaker

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes What’s Your A.Q.I.Q?/Ice Breaker

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Properties of Air

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Properties of Air

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Air Is All Around Us (3-5)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Air Is All Around Us (3-5)

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Meet the Dirty Half Dozen (3-5)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Meet the Dirty Half Dozen (3-5)

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The Dirty Half Dozen (6-8)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes The Dirty Half Dozen (6-8) 

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Unhappy About HAPs (9-12)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Unhappy About HAPs (9-12)

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Field-Testing for Ozone (9-12)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Field-Testing for Ozone (9-12)

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Ozone-Double Trouble (9-12)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Ozone-Double Trouble (9-12) 

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“Hole”-Y Ozone! It’s the CFC’s! (6-8)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes “Hole”-Y Ozone! It’s the CFC’s! (6-8) 

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Ozone – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (3-5)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Ozone – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (3-5) 

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A Bird’s Eye View (K-2)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes A Bird’s Eye View (K-2) 

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What’s Up There Besides Air? (3-5)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes What’s Up There Besides Air? (3-5)

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Air Strips (6-8)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Air Strips (6-8) 

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Consider the Source (9-12)

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Consider the Source (9-12) 

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Don’t Take a “Lichen” for Pollution (6-8)

 Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Don’t Take a “Lichen” for Pollution (6-8) 

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Let’s Sock Car Exhaust! (6-8)

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Let’s Sock Car Exhaust! (6-8) 

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As I Live and Breathe 

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes As I Live and Breathe 

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Easy Breathers (K-12)

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Easy Breathers (K-12) 

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Calculating You Carbon Footprint

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Calculating Your Carbon Footprint 

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Air Inversion

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Air Inversion 

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Trash Talk

  Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Trash Talk 

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Lung Capacity

 Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes  Lung Capacity 

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Energy Conservation

 Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes  Energy Conservation 

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Whirling, Swirling Air Pollution

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes  Whirling, Swirling Air Pollution 

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AirNow: Real Time Air Quality

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes AirNow: Real Time Air Quality 

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AirNow Website for Teachers

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes AirNow Website for Teachers

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Managing Air Quality in the U.S.

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Managing Air Quality in the U.S.

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Carbon Footprints & Sustainable Solutions

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Carbon Footprints & Sustainable Solutions

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History of the US EPA Toolkit

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes History of the US EPA Toolkit 

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How Air Pollution Is Affecting Our Health

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes How Air Pollution Is Affecting Our Health

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Air Quality Resources

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Air Quality Resources 

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Acknowledgment: Air & Waste Management Association

Air Quality Workshop for Teachers Toolkit includes Acknowledgment: Air & Waste Management Association

Fire Mask/Respirator Palm Cards

 

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Infographic: How To Use A Respirator

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
CDC: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

The right respirator and proper fit can reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke. Cloth (wet or dry), paper masks, and tissues will NOT filter out wildfire smoke. Look for respirators (masks) marked NIOSH with N95 or P100. They can be found online, or in hardware, home repair, or drugstores.

2018

How To Order

  1. ORDER YOUR INFOGRAPHICS HERE
  2. Click the USPS "Request Delivery" button/icon on the bottom right of the Document Display screen
  3. Fill in the form, making sure to note how many you would like to order in the "Special Instructions" box
  4. Click the "Submit Order" button.
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Infographic: Reduce Health Risks In Areas With Wildfire Smoke

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
CDC: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

Reduce health risks in areas with wildfire smoke. Especially if you have family members with heart or breathing problems, or are older adults, children, or pregnant women.

June 2018

How To Order

  1. ORDER YOUR INFOGRAPHICS HERE
  2. Click the USPS "Request Delivery" button/icon on the bottom right of the Document Display screen
  3. Fill in the form, making sure to note how many you would like to order in the "Special Instructions" box
  4. Click the "Submit Order" button.
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Infographic: How To Use A Respirator - PNG

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
CDC: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

The right respirator and proper fit can reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke. Cloth (wet or dry), paper masks, and tissues will NOT filter out wildfire smoke. Look for respirators (masks) marked NIOSH with N95 or P100.

2018

The right respirator and proper fit can reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke.

Infographic: How To Use A Respirator - JPG

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
CDC: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

The right respirator and proper fit can reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke. Cloth (wet or dry), paper masks, and tissues will NOT filter out wildfire smoke. Look for respirators (masks) marked NIOSH with N95 or P100. They can be found online, or in hardware, home repair, or drugstores.

2018

Palm Card Chinese Simplified

Chinese Simplified Palm Card

Chinese Simplified Palm Card - Front and Back

Chinese Traditional Palm Card 

Chinese Traditional Palm Card

Chinese Traditional Palm Card - Front and Back

Palm Card English - Front and Back

Palm Card English

Palm Card English - Front and Back

Palm Card Korean

Palm Card - Korean

Palm Card Korean - Front and Back

Palm Card Spanish - Front and Back

Palm Card Spanish

Palm Card Spanish - Front and Back

Palm Card Tagalog - Front and Back

Palm Card Tagalog

Palm Card Tagalog - Front and Back

Palm Card Vietnamese - Front and Back

Palm Card Vietnamese

Palm Card Vietnamese - Front and Back

Health Professionals Publications

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Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution fact sheet front page

Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

This fact sheet is designed to answer questions about how people with asthma can be affected by air pollution and how they can use the Air Quality Index to reduce their exposure.

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution front page

Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution

The purpose of this fact sheet is to increase awareness that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke, and other health effects.  It also provides information about steps to take to protect your health – including using the Air Quality Index to reduce exposure. It includes information about risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and lists the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.

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Effects of Common Air Pollutants Medical Poster

This colorful poster is designed for use in patient waiting areas or exam rooms. Use this poster to educate your patients about the health effects of outdoor air pollution on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

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Effects of Common Air Pollutants Medical Poster (18" by 24")

This colorful poster is designed for use in patient waiting areas or exam rooms. Use this poster to educate your patients about the health effects of outdoor air pollution on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

18" x 24" Printable Version

 Promotional Palm Card for the Smoke Wildfire  Course

Promotional Palm Card for the Smoke Wildfire Course

 Promotional Palm Card for the Smoke Wildfire  Course
 

Promotional post card for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Promotional post card for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Promotional post card for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Promotional flyer for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Promotional flyer for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Promotional flyer for the Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health On-line Training Course

Older Adults Publications

 

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Age Healthier Breathe Easier Factsheet page

Age Healthier Breathe Easier

This publication is available in multiple languages on the National Service Center for Environmental Publications site.

Information for Older Adults and their Caregivers

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“It’s Too Darn Hot” – Planning for Excessive Heat Events

This publication is available in multiple languages on the National Service Center for Environmental Publications site.

Information for Older Adults and their Family Caregivers

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Environmental Hazards Weigh Heavy on the Heart

This publication is available in multiple languages on the National Service Center for Environmental Publications site.

Information for Older Adults and their Caregivers

Teachers Publications

More about Teachers

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Teachers Toolkit

Children are one of the sensitive groups at risk for health effects from air pollution, in part because their lungs are still developing. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an important tool for letting children know when air quality in their area is unhealthy and how they, their families, and communities can protect their health. The AQI uses a color-coded scale and maps to provide daily air quality information. The AQI is available on the Internet at: www.airnow.gov, and many local newspapers and television and radio stations also present the AQI.

Weathercasters Publications

More about Weathercasters

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AQI Toolkit for Weathercasters

AQI Toolkit for Weathercasters

This toolkit was designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for weathercasters who make educational presentations to schools and civic groups. The toolkit contains key materials to help audiences understand how they can use the AQI to find out about local air quality and how they can protect their health when the air is polluted.

Guidelines for Developing an Air Quality(Ozone and PM2.5) Forecasting Program

Guidelines for Developing an Air Quality(Ozone and PM2.5) Forecasting Program

Guidelines for Developing an Air Quality(Ozone and PM2.5) Forecasting Program

Why is Coco Orange? Publications

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Coco, an orange chameleon, is talking to his friends, who are green.

"Why is Coco Orange?" Picture Book

Coco has a problem. He’s a chameleon, but he can’t change colors, and his asthma is acting up. Read how Coco and his friends at Lizard Lick Elementary solve this mystery as they learn about air quality and how to stay healthy when the air quality is bad. This book is for all children, especially those with asthma, and their caretakers. Ages 4-8.

To view "Why Is Coco Orange? online or print, click on the picture at left. To assemble the printed pages, print "landscape" and "double-sided" and staple the pages on the left side.

¿Por qué Coco es de color naranja? Read the book in Spanish.

Watch on YouTube

Order WHY IS COCO ORANGE? directly via EPA'sNational Service Center for Environmental Publications web site:

  • Search for the book at NSCEPusing item number 456K19001. NOTE: The item number is also needed to place the order.
  • Quantities are limited due to the popularity of the book.
    • Individuals may order one copy each.
    • Schools and libraries may order up to 30 copies each.
      • Schools: Please note that the Coco book has a call number, and can be shelved in your school library.
    • Non-profit organizations, and State and local governments may order up to 50 copies.
    • Larger numbers are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Your publication requests can also be mailed, called or faxed directly to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
P.O. Box 42419
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-0419
Phone (800) 490-9198
Fax (301) 483-8659

Please refer to EPA Document Number 456K19001 when ordering.

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"Why is Coco Orange?" Flyer

This one page document describes the picture book's plot and where to find it online.

 

Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials and Factsheets

More about Wildfires

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Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials

This document, originally developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health.

*5/28/20 This information was developed before the COVID-19 health emergency.Please supplement this information with the latest advice from state, local, Tribal and federal agencies, including the EPA website Coronavirus (COVID-19) and CDC webpage Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Revised 2019

In sections

Learn more about the 2019 Guide:

Post-publication Updates

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Using AirNow During Wildfires

With so many air quality websites available these days, it can be challenging to know which one to use for information – especially during a wildfire. Use this document to learn more about using key parts of the AirNow website: the Fire and Smoke Map, the Dial, and the Interactive Map.

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Prepare for Fire Season

Learn how to protect your health from wildfire smoke.

2018

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Protect Yourself From Ash

This factsheet explains how to protect yourself from ash due to wildfire smoke.

July 2018

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Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet

This factsheet explains how to filter indoor from wildfire smoke.

July 2018

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Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash

Wildfire smoke and ash can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. This factsheet describes the most effective way to protect yourself during wildfire emergencies.

July 2018

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Reduce Your Smoke Exposure

When wildfires create smoky conditions, there are things you can do, indoors and out, to reduce your exposure to smoke. Reducing exposure is important for everyone’s health — especially children, older adults, and people with heart or lung disease. This factsheet describes how to reduce your smoke exposure.

July 2018

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Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash

This factsheet describes how to protect children from wildfire smoke and ash. Children are especially at risk for health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke and ash, mostly because their lungs are still growing. Wildfire concerns include the fire itself, the smoke and ash, and the chemicals from materials that have burned, such as furniture. Smoke can travel hundreds of miles from the source of a fire. Pay attention to local air quality reports during fire season, even if no fire is nearby.

July 2018

Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Learn how to protect your pets from wildfire smoke

March 2019

Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet

Learn how to protect your large animals and livestock from wildfire smoke March 2019

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Forward

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Forward

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Forward

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 1-3

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 1-3

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 1-3

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 4-5

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 4-5

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - Chapters 4-5

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices

Wildfire Smoke Guide In Sections - References and Appendices

Workshop for Educators Presentations

 

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Managing Air Quality in the US, A Trip Back in Time: EPA’s Air Quality Workshop Presentation, 2014

Presentation by Jan Cortelyou-Lee

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Note on History of Air Pollution

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Air Quality Flag Program

Presentation by Melissa Payne

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How Air Pollution is Affecting Our Health

Presentation by Susan Stone

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NC Air Quality

Presentation by Jonathan Navarro

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Climate Science and Impacts Overview

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