Love My Air
The Love My Air program expands air-quality monitoring by using low-cost, cutting-edge air pollution sensor technology, equipped with solar, battery storage, and data connectivity.
Air monitors measure for a common air pollutant - particulate matter (PM2.5). This is a very fine particle, about 30-times smaller than a strand of hair. PM2.5 comes from vehicle emissions, construction, industries, forest fires, residential burning, and agricultural burning.
Air quality and health
This particle in the air can travel deep inside the lungs.
Short-term health effects
Eye, nose, throat, and lung irritation; coughing; sneezing; runny nose; and shortness of breath.
More severe health problems
Asthma and heart disease can also come from bad air quality. Doctors also say these particles can affect children’s brain development--making it harder for children to learn.
Limit activity outdoors on bad air quality days
If the air quality is bad outside, staying indoors may reduce some of your exposure. If there are a lot of indoor sources (see below where particles come from), you might be better by going outside to help reduce indoor exposure. Some ways to reduce exposure are to limit indoor and outdoor activities that produce fine particles such as burning candles indoors or open burning outdoors and avoid strenuous activity in areas when fine particle levels are high.
Indoor sources of fine particles
Tobacco smoke, cooking (e.g., frying, sautéing, and broiling), burning candles or oil lamps, and operating fireplaces and fuel-burning space heaters (e.g., kerosene heaters).
Outdoor sources of fine particles
Car, truck, bus, off-road vehicle (e.g., construction equipment and snowmobile) exhausts, and other operations that involve the burning of fuels such as wood, heating oil or coal, and natural sources such as forest and grass fires. Fine particles also form from the reaction of gases or droplets in the atmosphere from sources such as power plants.
We are working with school and parks and recreation partners to collect local air quality data and incorporate air quality education, communication, and programming around our community. Thank you to our many partners.
The Love My Air program hopes to inform, educate, and create changes that will allow all of us to love our air. The use of the LoveMyAir Logo is by permission granted from the City and County of Denver, all rights reserved.