Do you know the PM 2.5 levels at your child’s school today?
Link: PM2.5 Sniffer Runs at Fairbanks & North Pole Schools [sometimes updated daily]
Today, several schools were in pockets of air pollution.
Feb 10, 2012: Ladd Elementary/Tanana Middle 47 µg/m3 and Watershed 38 µg/m3 early this morning. Air quality was reported to the public as MODERATE by the Borough at 9:30 am. These schools were actually UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS which starts at 35.5 µg/m3. With temperatures over 20ºF, kids will enjoy outside recess today. Are your children’s playgrounds in the smoke?
Sometimes the sniffer driver heads out to North Pole.
Feb 6, 2012: North Pole Elementary 53, North Pole Middle 78, North Pole High 47, Badger Road Elementary 75, Ticasuk Brown Elementary 50, and Fire Station (3288 Hurst Rd) 120. The breakpoint into UNHEALTHY begins at 55.5 µg/m3.
The sniffer driver should know the hazard and mask up. But do parents and children know about the current PM 2.5 levels, health risks, and how to reduce exposure?