Many people are facing a double whammy of air quality threats that will worsen with climate change:
- 7 counties have ragweed pollution; Maricopa County suffers from both unhealthy smog levels and ragweed.4
- Asthma sickens an estimated 161,000 kids and 463,000 adults.5
- Smoke pollution will compromise air quality as wildfires become more frequent.6
Protect your family from air pollution:
- Check news reports on the radio, TV, or online for pollen reports or daily air quality conditions. Or visit EPA's Air Now for air quality info and avoid outdoor activity on bad air days particularly for people with asthma or other respiratory diseases.
- After spending time outdoors, wash off pollen that may have collected on your face, skin, or hair.