Riverdale, NJ, 01/17/2019 / Story.KISSPR.com /
With winter here, residents in Utah are once again advised to brace themselves for higher air pollution levels brought about by temperature inversions. For parents, it’s time to once again pay attention to Utah’s Recess Guidance for Schools, which is “A set of recommendations for when elementary school students should stay indoors for recess based on current air quality.” Basically, it helps parents know when it’s safe for their children to go outside during recess and breaks, or stay indoors under the protection of commercial air filtration systems.
How Utah’s Recess Guidelines Are Tied to Air Quality
Created by the Utah Departments of Health (UDOH) and Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Utah Recess Guidance for Schools is designed to help school administrators, principals and parents know when to move recess indoors through alerts warning against poor air quality.
The Guidance is aligned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) Recommendations, and links recommended outdoor activities with concentrations of PM2.5, or particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, which is the primary air pollutant of concern during inversion season in the winter.
In addition, the Guidance takes into considerations students who may have respiratory symptoms or pre-existing respiratory conditions, thus making them more susceptible to the health effects of poor air quality.
Poor Indoor Air Quality: A Chronic Problem in U.S. Schools
Utah is by no means the only state whose ambient outdoor and indoor air quality presents problems for school children. For years, scientists and education officials have raised concerns over the number of school children in the United States who are exposed to high levels of air pollutants in schools. The risk of exposure to polluted air is particularly pronounced in low-income neighborhoods, where schools tend to be built on the cheapest land available—often in industrial zones and near major roads.
To learn why your children have a greater need for commercial high efficiency filters and air purifiers while at school, continue reading here.
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